Defined as a widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, and memory and mood issues, fibromyalgia is a disorder believed to amplify painful sensations through affecting the way a person’s brain processes pain signals. More common in women than in men, fibromyalgia is believed to be induced through surgery, infection, psychological stress, physical trauma, or in some cases – gradually accumulate over time without an obvious triggers. Another cause of fibromyalgia is genetics, as there may be certain genetic mutations that make you more susceptible to developing fibromyalgia.
Some common symptoms of Fibromyalgia may include:
- Poor concentration
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sleep apnea
- Pain or aches
- Weight gain
- Digestive problems
Those inflicted with fibromyalgia describe their pain as a constant dull ache across the whole body, though particular tender points may include the sides of hips, outer elbows, back of the head, between shoulder blades, and inner knees, to name a few.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. More common in women, and also common in those with a rheumatic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, fibromyalgia requires the attention of an experienced medical team – like Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic. Under the care of Dr. Thakkar and his team, you will be equipped with the appropriate means to successfully minimize the symptoms of fibromyalgia while also improving your general health.