What is fibromyalgia?
People with fibromyalgia generally have chronic widespread pain and sensitivity to touch or pressure involving many parts of the body. They may also have associated symptoms of headaches, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, poor concentration and even restless legs. Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders are common too.
Unfortunately, it is a disease poorly understood even among doctors and therefore frequently missed or misdiagnosed. The cause is unknown and may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?
Firstly, it is important to exclude other medical conditions that can manifest with similar symptoms of generalised muscle and joint pain through relevant blood tests or imaging studies.
When the diagnosis is confirmed, a holistic treatment including medications, exercises, physiotherapy, improving sleep as well as dietary changes may be necessary. A referral to a psychologist will usually be made to help you develop skills in relaxation techniques, pacing and other behavioural modification.