Treatment options may include:
- Physical therapy
- Medications (pain relievers, opioids, antidepressants, antiseizure drugs)
- Occupational therapy
- weight management
- Widespread (occurring on both sides of body, above and below the waist)
- Constant, dull pain
- Cognitive difficulties (a.k.a. “Fibro fog”, impaired focus, attention, concentration)
- Muscle stiffness
- Sleep disorders (insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There is no specific lab test that can confirm a diagnosis. However, a physician can review medical history and perform a physical examination among other blood tests to rule out conditions with similar symptoms. These tests include:
- Complete blood count
- Cyclic citrullinated peptide test
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
- Rheumatoid factor
- Thyroid function tests
Common forms of Fibromyalgia pain include:
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
There is no known specific cause, but it likely is related to several factors working in conjunction. These include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Physical trauma
- Tension headaches
- Fibromyalgia is chronic and often lasts a lifetime.
- More women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia than men.
- The risk of developing fibromyalgia is higher if a family member has it.
- There is no specific lab test that can confirm a diagnosis.
- People with osteoarthritis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have fibromyalgia.
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