Things You Should Know About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic arthritis-related syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms. If you have been diagnosed or have signs and symptoms pointing to Fibromyalgia, there are basic facts you should know about the condition.

It often goes undiagnosed

Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood and symptoms are often unrecognized, causing the syndrome to remain undiagnosed for months or years. Fibromyalgia symptoms are often confused with symptoms typically linked to another condition. Fibromyalgia symptoms can mimic or overlap symptoms associated with other rheumatic diseases. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it takes about 5 years on average to get an accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

90% of patients suffer from severe fatigue

Fatigue and sleep problems are major characteristics associated with Fibromyalgia. Therefore, problems which develop because of poor sleep also referred to as non-restorative sleep, are problematic as well.

There are psychological aspects of syndrome

In a study of 307 patients evaluated over an 11-year period, one-third of patients had severe physical as well as severe psychological issues. One-third had mild psychological and moderate physical issues. Another third had moderate psychological symptoms with mild physical symptoms.

Symptoms are different for different people

Since there is so much variability in Fibromyalgia in San Diego, the syndrome does not manifest itself identically in all patients.

Since not all Fibromyalgia patients experience the same symptoms, there may be subtypes of Fibromyalgia that may be discovered later and would influence treatment choices. Until the cause of Fibromyalgia is determined, the variability of symptoms will remain part of the puzzle.

There is no definitive diagnostic test

Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia focuses on symptoms and tender points but there is no definitive diagnostic test for Fibromyalgia, such as a blood test or x-ray.

Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is solely based on symptoms that are presented and found during a physical examination. If diagnostic tests are ordered, it is to rule out other conditions or find out more about other symptoms.

Both mediation and non-mediation treatment are used

Medications are used to treat pain, improve sleep, and manage depression and anxiety. Your physician will determine what to prescribe based on the symptoms presented. Alternative treatments that focus on pain relief and stress relief also benefit many Fibromyalgia patients.

Women are most likely to suffer from Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects more women than men. The prevalence of Fibromyalgia is between 2 and 4% of the population.

Though the statistics reveal the prevalence of San Diego Fibromyalgia, statistics do not reveal how many people live well with Fibromyalgia and have successfully managed the syndrome to the degree of maintaining a good quality of life. It’s important to get a proper diagnosis and to follow a treatment regimen which affords you a good quality of life despite your diagnosis.

It can be primary or secondary condition

Fibromyalgia can occur as a primary syndrome characterized by muscular pain or as a secondary syndrome to other rheumatic diseases. It is possible to have Fibromyalgia syndrome and another rheumatic disease.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or ankylosing spondylitis are at increased risk of also developing Fibromyalgia syndrome. Those patients may wonder if they have symptoms that are common to two conditions or if they actually have two distinct conditions.

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