Unexplainable widespread pain is common among people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Even when you haven’t exercised or used your muscles, they may feel as though they have been severely overworked, and you may experience burning pain, searing pain, pounding or throbbing pain, or a deep stabbing pain. Some fibromyalgia patients feel a constant ache surrounding the joints in their hips, shoulders, back and neck, making it extremely difficult to sleep, exercise, or even get through day-to-day activities. S
ome believe Fibromyalgia pain is caused by a “glitch” in how the body processes pain. Research has shown that those who suffer from Fibromyalgia also have reduced blood flow to the areas of the brain which normally help the body deal with pain.
For most fibromyalgia sufferers, the dominant symptom is widespread pain commonly in the back of the head, upper back, neck, elbows, hips, and knees. Fibromyalgia flare-ups may also come with the following symptoms:
Central sensitization syndrome (also referred to as allodynia) is often cited as both a cause and a symptom of fibromyalgia. This common complication of chronic pain is a development that involves both the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central nervous system (CNS). Local tissue injury and inflammation activate the PNS, which sends signals through the spinal cord to the brain. Central sensitization occurs when there is an increase in the excitability of neurons within the CNS.
Between two and 4% of people in the U.S. suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is most commonly seen in women ages 20 to 55, occurring at about nine times the rate in women as men.
Other than gender, risks factors for fibromyalgia include:
Trauma: Patients with trauma, either physical or psychological, are more likely to suffer from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia
The best fibromyalgia treatment protocols are holistic and address both your physical and psychological aspects of pain. Living with a chronic pain condition is not just about how much it hurts your body. A mental toll is taken as well. The following treatments can help with both aspects of this condition.