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Fibromyalgia Overview

What is fibromyalgia?
A person with fibromyalgia has chronic pain and tenderness of the muscles, tendons or cartilage. The exact cause for fibromyalgia is unknown. Fibromyalgia is most common in women between the ages of 25 and 45. Conditions such as depression, emotional stress, insomnia, and physical injury can trigger the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle aches, joint pains, muscle stiffness, joint stiffness, muscle weakness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea, and constipation. A number of areas on the back and lower spine may trigger fibromyalgia pain.

How does the doctor treat fibromyalgia?
Treatment for fibromyalgia includes a variety of medications to control pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, anticonvulsants, and oral corticosteroids. Corticosteroids may be administered by injection to some trigger points. Other treatments include antidepressants, massage therapy, and mental health counseling.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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