Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic illness, which means that there is no cure and it will probably affect you for the rest of your life. The word Fibromyalgia comes from fibro meaning fibrous tissue in the body and myo means muscle and algos means pain. So Fibromyalgia means fibrous connective tissue and muscle pain. In the Fibromyalgia community, we refer to ourselves as Fibromites. And yes, our community is growing .
Cause: The cause of Fibromyalgia is widely speculated but not scientifically proven. The most common belief is that it’s triggered by a virus.
Physiology: Fibromites probably have abnormal levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, which changes the way that the Central Nervous System (CNS) processes pain messages, which travels as electrical impulses from one neuron (nerve cell) to the next neuron. Neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine amongst others. Neurotransmitters help electrical impulses like pain jump the gap known as the synapse. I drew a diagram to show my understanding.
Symptoms: There are several symptoms which vary in severity from person to person.
Here is a short list of the main symptoms in my opinion:
Fatigue ( not exhaustion or tiredness )
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Note! SAD doesn’t just occur in winter
Restless leg syndrome
Sensory processing difficulties
Irregular sleep patterns, non-restorative sleep
Pins and needles
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalopathy or Eencephalomyelitis (aka CFS/ME)
The list goes on….
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How is Fibromyalgia diagnosed?