People that suffer from fibromyalgia experience muscle pain, severe fatigue and sleep disorders.
The word “fibromyalgia” means pain in the muscles and tissues that connect the bones. The pain is similar to that which is experienced by patients who suffer from joint diseases such as arthritis. Unlike arthritis, however, fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation.
Its symptoms vary from stiffness in the mornings, fatigue, headaches, difficulty falling asleep, a tingling sensation in the hands and feet, and general muscle pain, which is the condition’s main symptom. This pain can occur throughout the body. Generally, it begins in the neck and shoulders, spreading later to other regions. (Related article: Treating muscle pain).
The Colombian Rheumatology Association explains that fibromyalgia does not break down the joints or cause irrevocable damage or deformities.
According to the U.S. Arthritis Foundation, while the specific causes of this disease are unknown, they are related to the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system “…causing normal pain signals to intensify.” According to MedlinePlus, fibromyalgia is more common among women between ages 20 and 50.