Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a long term condition which causes pain all over the body. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but it is related to unusual levels of certain chemicals in the brain
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a long term condition which causes pain all over the body. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but it is related to unusual levels of certain chemicals in the brain. This changes the way a persons’ brain, spinal cord and nerves react to pain messages around the body.
In many cases, the condition can sometimes start from a physical or emotional trigger like an injury, an infection or stress.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia could include:
The symptoms of this condition can sometimes become better or worse.
Fibromyalgia tends to affect women more than men, but it is possible that this condition can be passed down through genetics.
There are three main treatments recommended for someone with fibromyalgia:
It’s really important to be physically active when someone has fibromyalgia. This can be difficult if they are in a lot of pain, but regular exercise does help reduce pain and improve overall quality of life.
The exercise should be something enjoyable and can continue doing long-term. Personal preferences, the lifestyle, health needs and physical ability will all be considered when choosing the right type of exercise.
Talking about fibromyalgia and how it is affecting a person daily life is the first step to managing it. Talking can help a person learn to accept what is out of their control and commit to making changes that will improve their life, one step at a time.
There is some medication that doctors can give which can help ease the pain when it gets too much. Doctors will discuss the advantage and disadvantages of medication and what is best for a person, as everyone may cope with fibromyalgia differently.
If you know someone who has fibromyalgia, there are support groups who can provide an important network for talking to others living with the condition.
Fibromyalgia Action UK is a charity that offers information and support to people with fibromyalgia.
If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, call the charity’s helpline on 0300 999 3333.
Another organisation that could be useful is UK Fibromyalgia.