Fibromyalgia

By Zachary Geltmacher

What is the disease or condition?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

What causes the disease or condition?

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

How is it currently treated?

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help. Treatment programs are most effective when they combine patient education, stress reduction, regular exercise, and medications. Ultimately, the physician, physical therapist, and patient may all play an active role in the management of fibromyalgia.

What part of the skeletal system is affected by this disease/condition?

It causes pain, stiffness, and tenderness to the joints of the skeletal system.

What preventative measure can be taken to avoid the disease/condition?

Although there is no treatment for fibromyalgia. You can follow these few steps to reduce the chance of having fibromyalgia. You should get adequate sleep, reduce the amount of stress you have, regularly excercise, eat a balanced diet, and monitor yourself if any symptoms occur.

What else would be good to know concerning the disease/condition?

Primary affects women (80% of those affected are women) between the ages of 35-55. It can occur independently or it can be associated with another disease. It is also considered an arthritis-related condition.
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