Juvenile Fibromyalgia

What is Juvenile Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a well known disorder that creates a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms can greatly interfere in the ability to live day to day life. Researchers have determined that fibromyalgia is a disorder that amplifies painful sensations by altering the way your brain processes pain signals, and at times causes it to send false signals.

It is commonly thought of as a condition that affects adults. However, it has been determined that fibromyalgia also affects children and adolescents as well. It is thought that approximately 2 to 6% of school aged children are affected. Statistics show that females are more likely to be affected than men.

What are the Symptoms of Juvenile Fibromyalgia?

The symptoms of juvenile fibromyalgia usually appear after one of the following:

  • Physical trauma
  • Surgery
  • Infection
  • Psychological stress

If one of the previous has not occurred, it is still possible for a child to develop fibromyalgia. Usually, the symptoms gradually develop. While it sometimes occurs, there does not have to be a triggering event for them to appear.

Symptoms include

  • Widespread, dull aching pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Disturbances in sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Cramps in the abdomen
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How is Juvenile Fibromyalgia Treated?

Treatments for juvenile fibromyalgia involve a multidisciplinary approach. This approach involves clinicians, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, pharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical interventions, and patient education.

Medication

There are several medications that doctors may use to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-seizure medications

A combination of therapies is usually successful in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. By following the therapies that your doctor recommends, even children can find relief from the chronic aching that fibromyalgia brings into their lives.

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Last Reviewed:
October 06, 2016
Last Updated:
September 01, 2017