FIBROMYALGIA

By: Francisco Irias

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What is Fibromyalgia?

A disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

It is believed that this disorder is a increases painful sensations by affecting the way the brain receives pain signals.

Symptoms

  • Widespread Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Other Problems (Headache, Depression, etc.)

Possible Causes

  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Physical or Emotional Trauma

Effects

Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.

Treatment

  • Pain Relievers
  • Anti-Depressants
  • Therapy