Fibromyalgia is a pain that spreads broadly across the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support the back, neck and limbs, so it can affect quite a lot of different parts of the body.
It is not known what exactly causes Fibromyalgia, but certain factors seem to increase the risk of getting it. Infections seem to sometimes bring it on or aggravate it. It also seems to run in the family. It seems to appear more often when another member of the family has experienced it. It also seems more prevalent in women than in men. Understandably enough, injury and trauma, such as from a car accident, seems to trigger it off.
The three main symptoms of Fibromyalgia are:
- 1) the widespread pain, itself occurring on both sides of the body and in the lower part as well as the top part,
- 2) Intense fatigue to the point that one is feeling tired from the moment of waking up and often not even being able to sleep properly because of being woken up by the pain,
- 3) Fogginess in thinking, being unable to focus sharply on a task.
It is not known which is cause and which is effect, but Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other conditions such as migraine and bowel and bladder disorders.