May 12th, 2016 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

Meghana Giridhar - May 10, 2016 02:58 PM

An estimated 5 million adults were affected by fibromyalgia in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fibromyalgia is the second most ailment affecting the musculoskeletal system after osteoporosis, according to the American College of Rheumatology, 2004).

A disorder that is characterized by musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia is a condition that changes the way the brain processes pain signals making it more intense. It could occur due to surgery, physical trauma or infection.
Symptoms include:

Constant dull ache on both sides of the body and above and below the waist
Persistent exhaustion
Tension headaches
Inability to concentrate on tasks
Irritable bowel syndrome

According to Mayo Clinic, exact causes of fibromyalgia are unknown but a combination of factors likely cause this condition. These include:

Physical or emotional trauma due to post-traumatic stress disorde

Risk factors include:

Gender: Women are more likely to be affected than men.
Family history
Rheumatic disease: Those with this condition are likely to suffer from fibromyalgia.

To ascertain if a person has fibromyalgia, doctors typically run blood tests and thyroid tests.

Fibromyalgia is incurable but can be managed through lifestyle changes, exercise and diet. It is important to follow relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing to reduce stress. Developing good sleep habits is also helpful. Exercises such as walking, swimming, stretching and eating healthy foods can go a long way in controlling the symptoms of fibromyalgia and living a fulfilling life.

Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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