‘It gives you dark thoughts’: Fibromyalgia patient describes chronic pain
It’s thought the condition is related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain that change the way the central nervous system processes pain messages around the body.
It can also be triggered by a physical or emotionally stressful event, such as an injury or infection or the breakdown of a relationship.
So what are all the symptoms you should look out for to indicated you may have the condition?
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
The health body adds: “If you think you have fibromyalgia, visit your GP. Treatment is available to ease some of its symptoms, although they’re unlikely to disappear completely.”
Rare Medical Conditions
There’s no specific test to diagnose the condition, but when you visit your GP your body will be examined to check for visible signs of the condition – for example, swollen joints could suggests arthritis rather than fibromyalgia.
How to treat fibromyalgia
Because fibromyalgia has numerous symptoms, no single treatment will work for all cases.
These include a rheumatologist – a specialist in conditions that affect muscles and joints – a neurologist – a spiciest in condition of the central nervous system – and a psychologist – a specialist in mental health and psychological treatments.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain an inflammation in the joints, and fibromyalgia could be mistaken for this.