Fibromyalgia Syndrome - more common than it is believed

Fibromyalgia is quite barely known disease. However, it is much more common than it is believed. Therefore it might be useful to become acquainted with this problem and find out how to cope with it.

Fibromyalgia is a non inflammatory chronic rheumatic disorder. Main symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by muscle and periarthritic tissue stiffness, chronic tiredness, insomnia or restless sleep, headache, depression, anxiety. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), overactive bladder (OAB), restless legs syndrome (RLS), Raynaud's syndrome are also often observed. Fibromyalgia syndrome is difficult to diagnose because of lack of unambiguous clinical criteria, lack of specific laboratory markers, lack of specific changes in imaging examinations (NMR, CT, X-ray, USG). Due to these facts the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is based on physician, rheumatologist most often, clinical experience.

The underlying cause of FMS remains unknown, therefore there is no casual treatment of this disease. The applied therapy aims alleviation of symptoms and improvement on quality of life mainly. The painkillers are ineffective in vast majority of cases.

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Influence of weather on daily symptoms of pain and fatigue in female patients with fibromyalgia: Arthritis Care & Research, The Dutch investigators evaluated impact of weather condition on fibromyalgia course in 333 women in medium age. The study show up that more the change than the climate itself has an impact on perception of fibromyalgia symptoms like pain sensation and chronic fatigue.
Strusberg et al. had different observation. They investigated 151 people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia syndrome. They have noticed clear impact of low temperature on pain perception. The study was published in the Journal of Rheumatology. The pain sensations was also clearly linked to the humidity and atmospheric pressure.

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Blood Test for Fibromyalgia

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