What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of:
Chronic widespread pain/chronic pain amplification
Fatigue

The pain involves mainly:
Muscles
Tendons (tendons hold muscles to bones)
Ligaments (ligaments hold bones together)
Bursa (a bursa is a fluid filled sac that decreases the friction over joints)

The muscle pain fluctuates and is often aggravated by:
Various physical factors
Environmental factors
Emotional factors

In addition to widespread pain and fatigue, Fibromyalgia syndrome can be associated with:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Fluctuating stiffness
Numbness
A feeling of weakness
Cold intolerance
Poor sleep
Headaches
Chest pain
Cognitive difficulties
Sensitivity to light, smells, temperature and sound
Dizziness (balance problems)
Anxiety/panic attacks
… as well as other symptoms.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

Stay positive.
People with Fibromyalgia have GOOD days as well as bad days.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is not a life threatening illness but is often life changing.
It does not necessarily affect everyone in the same way.
The more you know about the illness, the easier it is to cope with it.
Don’t loose hope - New research is taking place all the time - hopefully this will mean that a cure will be found one day.