Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes pain all over the body. This is accompanied by fatigue and sleep, memory and mood problems. Despite the fact that the fibromyalgia diagnosis has been accepted in conventional medicine for two decades, there is little agreement about what it is or what causes it.
No pain, no gain? This is not true for people with fibromyalgia. And especially not true for those with chronic fatigue. For many, exercise to pain and increased fatigue may actually be damaging to your body.
Fibromyalgia is a mysterious illness characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Scientists suspect it amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain — what the CDC calls abnormal pain processing.
One of the worst emotions pain patients can feel is helplessness. In the face of severe pain, when the medications don’t work, don’t do enough or cause intolerable side effects, patients can feel helpless to ease their suffering.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a pain syndrome that can manifest very differently for different people. Chronic pain, joint stiffness, muscle tightness, brain fog, sleep challenges and depression are just a few of the common concerns for people dealing with FM.