Fibromyalgia is a painful and distressing condition, which causes pain, fatigue, sleep and memory concerns. Complications commonly associated with FM include depression, headaches, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Pain is almost certainly amplified and repeated pain sensations are experienced due to Fybromyalgia moderating the processing of pain signals in the brain. The pain is therefore experienced as intense and often feels bone related, but fibromyalgia is essentially a tissue problem, affecting 18 possible tender spots. For diagnosis to be confirmed, at least 11 of these points should be tender, pain will have been present for more than 3 months and there will be an absence of alternative diagnosis. Talk about it here
Initially it was thought that Fibromyalgia may have been related to a perfectionist style of personality (Type A) but the major research projects have found no connection. In particular, Nordahl and Styles (2007) conclude that a depressotypic personality style is related to depressive disorder, but not to Fibromyalgia.
In some cases, symptoms start following physical trauma, surgery or psychological stress and in other cases an infection has seemed to trigger onset. There are also many cases where it has not been possible to trace a trigger.
Many websites state that there is no cure for fibromyalgia: this can be very misleading as it leads people to assume that it is a lifelong condition, which it need not be. The cure for fibromyalgia must therefore be found in lifestyle changes.