What is Fiberomyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, also commonly misspelled as fiberomyalgia, is a condition which is characterized by chronic pain in the muscles as well as heightened sensitivity to pressure. Also called by its shorthand name FM, fibromyalgia currently has no known cure and is only managed through a series of treatments and therapy.
Fibromyalgia is a common affliction in the US which affects around 2-4% of the entire population. The condition affects more men than women, with an estimated ration of 9:1. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include chronic pain in the muscles, affecting muscle groups above and below the torso. Affected individuals also include allodynia, or increased sensitivity to pressure which causes pain. Symptoms can also include fatigue, headache, muscle spasms, muscle twitching and sleep disturbance.
Fibromyalgia is still controversial in the medical field, with many experts believing that it is not an actual disease. However, those who do believe that it is an actual disease attribute the causes and the risk factors to a number of things including genetics (those whose family has a history of FM are more predisposed to have the condition), infections which can trigger or aggravate FM, and physical or emotional trauma. Risk factors also include age, gender, as well whether an individual has a history of rheumatic diseases which experts believe puts an individual more at risk for FM.
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