Fibromyalgia has been called the “aching-all-over” disease, but that description doesn’t begin to describe the misery the debilitating illness afflicts. A painful muscle disorder in which the thin film or tissue holding muscle together becomes tightened or thickened, fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pains and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, mild to incapacitating fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
The pain of fibromyalgia is commonly felt in the neck, back, shoulders and hands, but it is certainly not limited to those areas. According to criteria set by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a patient to have experienced widespread pain for at least three months in 11 of 18 tender muscle sites. Among those 18 sites are the rib cage, hips and knees.
Additional symptoms of fibromyalgia include allergies, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, tender skin, numbness, irritable bowel symptoms, dizziness, anxiety and depression. The … Read More