Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition affecting millions of Americans, impacting many systems in the body and their daily quality of life. Originally thought to be an autoimmune related illness, studies have shown that the most likely causes are a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Fibromyalgia affects more women than men and tends to develop during mid life, although there are diagnosed patients from all age groups.
There is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia and medical treatment can be both challenging and difficult to manage. Common symptoms can include:
- Chronic and sometimes sharp muscular pain in specific areas such as the back and abdomen
- Trigger points or areas that become sensitive to touch or pressure
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fatigue and irritability
- Moodiness, anxiety and depression