When you feel tired and there’s the nagging sensation of impending joint, muscle, or tendon pain in different parts of the body that threatens to go off anytime, there’s a medical term for that: fibromyalgia. This condition usually affects the shoulders, neck, upper and lower extremities, back, and hips. With these discomforts that affect the various parts of the body, they just worsen with the occurrence of stiff joints in the morning, insomnia. Irregularities in bowel movement, dysmenorrhea for women, numbness of the hands or feet, and confusion brought about by the condition. It’s otherwise known as fibro fog and it is characterized by a person’s impaired ability to remember things and think rationally.
Until now, there is no known direct cause for the condition other than it just strikes unexpectedly and could definitely last a while. Even if there is no direct cause, there are many triggering factors for fibromyalgia. The following are just some of those triggering factors:
- Injury, blunt trauma, accidents, and stressful experiences
- Autoimmune disorders such as systematic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and arthritis of the spine otherwise known as ankylosing spondylitis
- Genetic factors, although not all scientists and medical professionals totally agree on this one. They do agree on the theory that people born from parents with fibromyalgia are even more sensitive to the disorder than those who don’t carry the gene
- The central nervous system may have something to do with fibromyalgia since those people who suffer from it are theorized to have super sensitive pain receptors. This theory is still not proven until now though
Since fibromyalgia doesn’t have any known direct cause, the condition is quite hard to treat because doctors could only manage the pain and keep it at bay. Even if it’s caused by autoimmune disease factors, there are no procedures or blood works that can detect the disease until now. Most of the time, health care professionals would only base their findings on physical exams, reflex testing, and the patient’s clinical history.