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5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia

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What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting illness that is predominantly known for pain throughout the body. Although it does not cause direct damage to tissue or nerves, it does cause a great deal of pain for the person who has it.

Who is Most at Risk for Fibromyalgia?

Although men and children can be affected by fibromyalgia, it is estimated that 80% to 90% of those affected are women.

What is the Cause of Fibromyalgia?

Although scientists have yet to determine the direct cause of fibromyalgia, there are specific factors that can play into its development including:

  • Traumatic events
  • Repetitive injuries
  • Illnesses
  • Spontaneous occurrences
  • Issues with the central nervous system
  • Genetic predisposition

How Does My Doctor Diagnose Fibromyalgia?

If your doctor has  experience in diagnosing Fibromyalgia, they will use the following criteria:

  • Chronic pain lasting at least 3 months
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Cognitive impairment

How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?

Since fibromyalgia is such a complicated illness, it usually involves the cooperation of a team including:

  • Your doctor (primary care physician)
  • A physical therapist
  • Pain specialist
  • Other health professional (e.g. – nutritionist, psychologist)

This team of professionals will discuss your medical history and a variety of other factors including your pain levels on a scale of 1 to 10. From this, you will be provided with an appropriate treatment plan.