Fibromyalgia: Disease or Disorder?

AdobeStock_107636192Fibromyalgia is a disorder. A “disorder” refers to an unwanted condition that’s hard to identify what’s wrong. A “disease”, on the other hand, has a specific cause and symptoms. For example, cancer is a disease because you can identify the tumors that are causing the symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that it affects the way your brain processes pain signals, making even a little pain extremely intense. 

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.
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