Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis)

What is Fibromyalgia?

Description/Overview

term-definitionFibromyalgia is a condition where a person feels musculoskeletal pain all over the body and is hypersensitive to pressure. Additionally, sufferers of this disease may have cognitive issues, mood issues, and fatigue.

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but too much stress and poor overall health can certainly contributors. Genetics and infections are likely to trigger the illness as well.

Women are more likely to develop the disorder instead of men. Post-traumatic disorder has also been linked to fibromy

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.

Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters

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Last Reviewed:
September 13, 2016
Last Updated:
July 18, 2017