Joint Relief 911 Fibromyalgia has been studied since the early 1800s and referred to by a variety of former names, including muscular rheumatism and fibrositis. Fibromyalgia was considered a controversial diagnosis, with some authors contending that the disorder is a ‘non-disease’, due in part to a lack of objective laboratory tests or medical imaging studies to confirm the diagnosis. Fibromyalgia was recognized by the American Medical Association as an illness and a cause of disability in 1987.
To date, there are estimated between 3 and 6 million Americans affected with Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia affects predominantly women over 80% between the ages of 35 and 55. All symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused by cellular oxygen deprivation. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, painful tender points or trigger points, unrefreshing sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, TMJ disorders, anxiety, depression, restless legs syndrome, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, poor concentration, painful menstrual periods, and heightened sensitivity to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
Many other illnesses can occur in conjunction with fibromyalgia including bladder and colon spasms, migraine headaches, asthma, and allergies. In fact, fibromyalgia can cause the chest muscles to tighten with a prolonged, intense pain that may make you feel as if you are having a heart attack.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia must be tailored to each patient and a team approach is often needed with your doctor, a physical therapist, possibly other health professionals, and most importantly, yourself, all playing an active role.