Fibromyalgia is characterized by poor sleep, fatigue, and widespread aching and stiffness in soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Causes: Causes are not known although in some cases a viral or bacterial origin has been suspected. In many cases fibromyalgia is linked to chronic chemical exposure. Physical and emotional stress are major triggers for this disorder.
Signs and Symptoms:
The most predominant symptom is widespread pain and stiffness. Chronic fatigue depression, memory problems, digestive complaints, candida, PMS, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction is seen in patients with fibromyalgia. FM is, in fact, a multi-causal condition that requires persistence and understanding to peel apart and treat the multiple factors that initiate it.
Diagnosis; Blood test to rule out any inflammatory conditions, widespread pain and positive tender points are diagnostic