What is Fibromyalgia

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Millions around the world suffer from serious muscle pain, lack of sleep, anxiety, fatigue and several other symptoms, these people suffer from a disease called fibromyalgia. Yes, it is true that lots of people suffer from some of these signs but not on a daily basis. People with fibromyalgia experience dizziness, and horrible migraines and head aches. Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition which refers to aches and pains that originate in the joints and bones, as well as muscles, tendons, and even ligaments. Does that sound painful enough yet? Do not worry it gets worse.

What causes fibromyalgia? The causes for fibromyalgia are unknown; researchers have many theories about the causes. Scientists believe that fibromyalgia mat be causes by trauma or injury. Another theory is that it may be because of changes in muscle metabolism, a decrease in blood flow, or experience in fatigue and decreased strength.

Some believe that is a virus but none have been identified. It has been completely hard fro researchers to find probable cause. People suggest that fibromyalgia may be linked in brain chemicals which control mood, and can cause an unrestful sleep cycle. This may also be due to an imbalance of hormones that are released by pituitary that causes fatigue, muscle and joint pain, as well as water and magnesium deficiency. "Dr. Mark J. Pellegrino believes that genetic susceptibility or vulnerability plays a key role" (Skelly 11). There may be a link of physical or emotional trauma. In 1990 Fibromyalgia was consistently mis-diagnosed or undiagnosed entirely. Physicians have consistently been ill-informed on the subject or do not believe the condition exists. "Fibromyalgia has been classified as a "true" disease" (Starylanyl 7). There have been several names for fibromyalgia like; chronic rheumatism, myalgia. Pressure point syndrome and fibrositis.