Fibromyalgia Symptoms Affect Mostly Women

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms & Women

Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome known normally by symptoms of musculoskeletal pain, typically at specific anatomical sites, where identifiable physical or physiological cause are unknown. Fibromyalgia symptoms more commonly affect women. ( Britannica .)

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The Fibro Pain

The pain is also described as sharp or achy, spread out, severe, pounding, or stabbing. While some will have fairly consistent symptoms, others may experience periods of remission and then flare ups. When it’s at its worst they can be accompanied by heart palpitations.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia symptoms in both woman and men can overlap into psychosomatic disorders starting first from pain, headaches, nausea, or sleep disturbances into depression and anxiety.  Are we saying that Fibromyalgia is a mental problem?  No but it can lead to one. It has more commonly been categorized as a central nervous system disorder, one that can be chronic. However, research suggests a strong correlation between Fibromyalgia and mental health. With Fibromyalgia affecting approximately 4 to 6 percent of the population, that means 5 to 6 million people in the United States alone and interestingly 90 percent of the diagnosed cases are women.  That doesn’t mean that men can’t be affected obviously but it is clearly a condition affecting more woman.

No Fibromyalgia Lab Tests

Unfortunately there are no lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia.  The only way to determine the syndrome is by confirming a list of symptoms (see image above).  Mainly the symptoms of pain and fatigue are assessed by a qualified doctor.  The reason why this is important is because other conditions need to be ruled out.  Ruling out other causes of the pain and fatigue is an important part of the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and this condition can be used as a label to acknowledge a problem without any other known cause.  A fibromyalgia diagnosis can be considered if no other known cause is determined and there is a presence of tender points in 18 possible sites on the body.  These points produce pain when pressure is applied.  A person must have 11 or more of these tender points among other symptoms if a diagnostic conclusion will be made.

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References:
Amanda MacMillan / Health. (Sep. 2017). Lady Gaga Has Postponed Her Tour Because of Her Fibromyalgia. Here’s What to Know About the Painful Disorder.
Retrieved from http://time.com/4946983/lady-gaga-fibromyalgia-disorder/

(Jul. 2018). Fibromyalgia. Britannica
Retrieved from www.britannica.com/science/fibromyalgia

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