Overview

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic neurosensory disorder characterised by a combination of chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, accompanied by varying degrees of other symptoms, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, cognitive dysfunction and high levels of distress.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Fibromyalgia?

The common symptoms associated with fibromyalgia include:

Widespread chronic pain - tingling, crawling, burning, throbbing

Widespread chronic pain - tingling, crawling, burning, throbbing

Chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue

Low-grade fever and chills

Low-grade fever and chills

Sore throat

Sore throat

Sleep disturbances

Sleep disturbances

Mood disturbances - anxiety or depression

Mood disturbances - anxiety or depression

Migraine and tension headaches

Migraine and tension headaches

Decreased ability to concentrate or remember

Decreased ability to concentrate or remember

Allergies

Allergies

General muscle weakness

General muscle weakness

Cognitive difficulties - trouble concentrating or remembering

Cognitive difficulties - trouble concentrating or remembering

Irritable bowelrinary

Irritable bowelrinary

Urinary problems

Urinary problems

Weight fluctuations

Weight fluctuations

Sexual dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction

Causes

What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown However, it has been linked with disorders of inflammation and possibly mitochondrial dysfunction, as well as hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalance.

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Fibromyalgia?

Most practitioners diagnose fibromyalgia on the basis of widespread pain lasting three months or more that is not attributable to any other medical condition. Your practitioner is likely to ask you about your medical and family history and perform a physical exam. Additional tests that may assist the process include:

HLA DQ/DR Genetic Studies

HLA DQ/DR Genetic Studies

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who are specialised in treating Fibromyalgia.