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Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disease causing pain all over the body. Most commonly it affects the neck, chest, back, arms and legs. While it often affects the joints, it does not lead to permanent damage or deformity. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Pain & stiffness all over the body

    • Can move around the body​

    • Can change in intensity day to day, hour to hour

  • Fatigue & Tiredness

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Sleep problems

  • Issues with thinking, memory & concentration

  • Headaches, including migraines

Some individuals may also experience: 

  • Tingling & numbness in the hands & feet

  • Pain in the face or jaw

  • Digestive difficulties including:

    • abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)​

  • Bladder dysfunction

  • Sensitivity to sounds, light, smells, or temperature


Some risk factors for fibromyalgia include:

  • Being female (90% of cases are in women)

  • Stressful or traumatic events (PTSD, Car accidents etc)

  • Repetitive stress injuries

  • Illness &/or infection

  • Family history of fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatoid disease (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus)

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