Fibromyalgia is widespread
pain in the muscles and soft tissues above and below the waist and on both
sides of the body. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome-a set of symptoms that happen
together but do not have a known cause. In this syndrome, the nervous system
(nerves, spinal cord, and brain) is not able to control what it feels, so
ordinary feelings from your muscles, joints, and soft tissues are experienced
as pain. People with fibromyalgia feel pain and/or tenderness even when there
is no injury or inflammation.
Fibromyalgia does not harm your
muscles, joints, or organs. And there are many things you can do to control it.
When it is not controlled, you may not have any energy. Or you may feel
depressed or have trouble sleeping. These and other symptoms can be bad enough
to cause problems with your work and home life. With treatment, most people
with fibromyalgia are able to continue working and participating in daily
activities. Some people change their work duties and lifestyle if their
symptoms are severe.
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