Fatigue, widespread muscle and joint pain and memory/mood issues, are symptoms of the the common musculoskeletal condition known as fibromyalgia.
This condition, which is still not well understood by the medical community, has more women sufferers than men. There currently is no cure for the disorder. The symptoms are similar to osteoarthritis, so it’s important to know the right symptoms so as to receive the right treatments.
Three risk factors can increase the chances of getting fibromyalgia:
1. Sex. Women are more likely to develop the fibromyalgia, than men are.
2. Family history. You are at increased risk if a family member has had it.
3. Rheumatic disease. A higher risk is present if you have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
Here are other symptoms:
– Abdominal pain
– Chronic headaches
– Dryness in your mouth, nose and eyes
– Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
– Inability to concentrate
– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
– Numbness or tingling in your fingers and feet
A doctor will eliminate other causes of the symptoms as well as giving blood tests. Once other possibilities are eliminated and it’s determined that fibromyalgia is the culprit, then treatment may consist of the following:
– Pain relievers. Everything from over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen to prescription pain-relief drugs. These are used to ease the discomfort, while allowing for better sleep.
– Antidepressants. These help deal with the pain and fatigue.
– Antiseizure drugs. Proven helpful for reducing pain in fibromyalgia sufferers.
The National Fibromyalgia Association has more options for dealing with this difficult disorder.