What is Fibromyalgia?

In the realm of orthopedic care, Fibromyalgia is starting to see much more attention than in past decades, but still holds many mysteries. The symptoms of this disease can match up with many other diseases, often leading to misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. You may have heard of it, but what do you know about Fibromyalgia?

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The greatest mystery about Fibromyalgia is why it occurs. While many theories point to hyper-sensitive nerve cells or a brain imbalance, there is no definitive answer on how a person develops the disease. However there do appear to be links between Fibromyalgia and poor sleep patterns, serious trauma, and genetics.

Who Gets Fibromyalgia?

People of nearly any age range, economical class, and ethnicity can be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and it is found across the world. The condition is much more common in women than men, with up to ten times higher rate of occurrence in women.


Fibromyalgia sufferers report muscle and joint pain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, sensitivity to hot or cold, headaches, tingling or numbness in limbs, digestive issues, and memory or concentration problems. Orthopedic care providers may only get part of the story from a patient who doesn’t realize all of the symptoms are tied together — a factor that makes diagnosing Fibromyalgia that much more difficult.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

There is no magic test that confirms Fibromyalgia, only blood and lab tests that rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. One useful technique is a physical exam during which the orthopedic care doctor will press on 18 specific points of the body. If the patient feels pain in 11 or more points, Fibromyalgia is highly likely.


Fibromyalgia treatment focuses largely on pain management, lifestyle changes, exercise, reducing stress and avoiding common triggers such as caffeine. While there is no pill to cure it, it’s not deadly and can be managed very successfully using natural and pharmaceutical methods.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that can seriously impair your quality of life. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, talk to your orthopedic care specialist right away to get help.

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