What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by fatigue, widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain.

Although the intensity of your symptoms may vary, they'll probably never disappear completely. It may be reassuring to know, however, that fibromyalgia isn't progressive, crippling or life-threatening. Simple steps can improve symptoms and your general health.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The specific cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. However, doctors believe a number of factors may contribute.
These factors may include:

Chemical changes in the brain

Some people with fibromyalgia appear to have alterations in the regulation of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. This may be particularly true of serotonin — which is linked to depression, migraines and gastrointestinal distress — and substance P, a brain chemical associated with pain, stress and anxiety, as well as depression.

Sleep Disturbances

Some researchers theorize that disturbed sleep patterns may be a cause rather than just a symptom of fibromyalgia.


An injury or trauma, particularly in the upper spinal region, may trigger the development of fibromyalgia in some people. An injury may affect your central nervous system, which may trigger fibromyalgia.


Some researchers believe that a viral or bacterial infection may trigger fibromyalgia.

Abnormalities of the Autonomic (Sympathetic) Nervous System

Your autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Your sympathetic nervous system releases norepinephrine and influences the release of epinephrine from the adrenal gland. The sympathetic nervous system also controls bodily functions that you don't consciously control, such as heart rate, blood vessel contraction, sweating, salivary flow and intestinal movements.

Changes in Muscle Metabolism

For example, deconditioning and decreased blood flow may contribute to decreased strength and fatigue. Differences in metabolism and abnormalities in the hormonal substance that influences the activity of nerves (neuroendocrine) may play a role.

Psychological stress and hormonal changes

These also may be possible causes of fibromyalgia.

Can I Cure Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia isn't progressive and generally doesn't lead to other conditions or diseases. It can, however, cause pain, depression and lack of sleep. These problems can then interfere with your ability to work at home or on the job, or maintain close family or personal relationships. The frustration of dealing with an often-misunderstood condition also can be a complication of the condition.

Doctors don't usually recommend narcotics for treating fibromyalgia because of the potential for dependence and addiction. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, haven't been shown to be effective in treating fibromyalgia either. Other controlled studies have tested the affects of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Ibuprofen) and found them to be nor more effective than a placebo!

So What Should I Do?

Self-care is critical in the management of fibromyalgia. Important aspects of self-care include taking these actions:

Reduce Stress

Develop a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. That may mean learning how to say no without guilt. But don't change your routine totally. People who quit work or drop all activity tend to do worse than those who remain active. Try stress reduction techniques, such as deep- breathing exercises or meditation.

Get Enough Sleep

Because fatigue is one of the main effects of fibromyalgia, getting sufficient sleep is essential. In addition to allotting enough time for sleep, practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day and limiting daytime napping.

Exercise Regularly

At first, exercise may increase your pain. But doing it regularly often decreases symptoms. Appropriate exercises include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist may help you develop a home exercise program. Stretching, good posture and relaxation exercises also are helpful.

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