How Do You Get Fibromyalgia?

Reviewed on 10/18/2021

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with an unknown cause. Risk factors for fibromyalgia include being female, genetics, obesity, illness (viral infections), repetitive injuries, stressful or traumatic events, age, mood problems (anxiety, panic disorder, and depression), certain diseases, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and sleep disorders.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with an unknown cause. Risk factors for fibromyalgia include being female, genetics, obesity, illness (viral infections), repetitive injuries, stressful or traumatic events, age, mood problems (anxiety, panic disorder, and depression), certain diseases, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and sleep disorders.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and depression

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

It is not known how a person gets fibromyalgia

Certain risk factors for developing fibromyalgia include: 

What Are Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

When symptoms of fibromyalgia temporarily increase in frequency or intensity, it is called a fibromyalgia attack or flare-up.

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How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed with a patient history and physical examination, along with tests such as: 

  • Blood tests
  • X-rays

Criteria used to help diagnose fibromyalgia may include:

  • A history of widespread pain and symptoms lasting more than 3 months
  • The number of areas throughout the body in which pain has occurred in the past week, based on the total of number of painful areas out of 19 parts of the body, plus the level of severity of these symptoms: 
    • Fatigue
    • Waking unrefreshed
    • Cognitive (memory or thought) problems
  • No other health problems that explain the pain and other symptoms

What Is the Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

Treatment for fibromyalgia may include: 

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Reviewed on 10/18/2021
References
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm

https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia#tab-overview

https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Fibromyalgia

http://nutritionmedicine.org/what-is/what-is-fibromyalgia/natural-treatments-for-fibromyalgia/