It can also be triggered by a physical or emotionally stressful event, such as an injury or infection or the breakdown of a relationship.
Fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms can range from increased sensitivity to pain to difficulty sleeping
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
The health body adds: “If you think you have fibromyalgia, visit your GP. Treatment is available to ease some of its symptoms, although they’re unlikely to disappear completely.”
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body.
Is there a test for fibromyalgia?
There’s no specific test to diagnose the condition, but when you visit your GP your body will be examined to check for visible signs of the condition – for example, swollen joints could suggests arthritis rather than fibromyalgia.
How to treat fibromyalgia
Because fibromyalgia has numerous symptoms, no single treatment will work for all cases.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can also include headaches and IBS
These include a rheumatologist – a specialist in conditions that affect muscles and joints – a neurologist – a spiciest in condition of the central nervous system – and a psychologist – a specialist in mental health and psychological treatments.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain an inflammation in the joints, and fibromyalgia could be mistaken for this.