May 20, 2024
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Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a disorder and syndrome that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues throughout the body. It is often combined with other symptoms like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD), irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, depression, anxiety, cognitive issues, and sleep interruption. This painful and mysterious condition has affected around three to five percent of the American population, predominantly women.

Widespread pain: The pain that is associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that can last for least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of the person’s body and above and below their waist.

Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia are often awaken tired, even though they have reported sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

Cognitive difficulties: People with fibromyalgia will have a symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog”. This will make people become impaired with the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.

The diagnosis of FMS can be difficult since there is no specific lab test to determine if the patient has the disorder. However current guidelines state that a diagnosis can be made if a person has widespread pain for more than three months, with no underlying medical condition. Many local doctors and healthcare professionals here in El Paso, TX can discuss the advances in the treatment and management of this painful disorder.

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