What is Fibromyalgia?

In the simplest term I can locate, the NHS describe Fibromyalgia as the following:

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. 

Symptoms: As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:

  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • muscle stiffness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”), such as problems with memory and concentration
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating

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Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose as there is no test that can be done to confirm the illness, and so most people are sent through a process of illimination to rule out a whole variety of other illnesses (those that can be tested for). Typically a GP or Rheumatologist will make this diagnosis.

Whilst men can have fibromyalgia it is more common in women. Currently there is no cure, however, symptoms can be treated with both non-drug and medication based treatments. often the best outcomes are achieved by using multiple types of treatments (if you are able to get them!).



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