Fibromyalgia syndrome is characterised by chronic pain, stiffness, and the tenderness of muscles, tendons, and joints, without detectable inflammation.
What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes generalised pain and muscle stiffness in many parts of the body.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is considered as a systemic issue involving biochemical, neuro-endocrine, and physiologic abnormalities, resulting in issues with pain processing and perception.
Fibromyalgia is common and affects around 2-5 in every 100 people, most commonly young to middle-aged women.
What are the causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
The causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome are not completely understood, but it is likely that fibromyalgia is a problem with the brain, rather than the muscles and bones.
However, there are several potential causes and risk factors that are currently associated with, or increase one’s risk for developing this condition:
- Viral infections
- Occupation, seasonal, environmental influences
- Adverse childhood experiences (i.e. PTSD)
- Psychological and cognitive/behavioural factors
- Other conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or ankylosing spondylitis
What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
The common symptoms are:
- Pain in many different muscles and bones – a deep ache or burning that gets worse with activity or stress. The pain may move around the body
- Being more sensitive to pain
- Tenderness or stiffness in the muscles or bones, lasting for at least 3 months
- Extreme tiredness
- Difficulties in sleeping
Other symptoms may include:
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Anxiety, depression or emotional distress
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Restless legs
- Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
- Muscle stiffness or spasms
Treatment for Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Patient education
- Activity management
- Soft tissue release
- Aerobic and resistance exercise
- Aquatic therapy
What can I do at home?
- Manage stress
- Pace yourself
- Avoid exacerbation
- Ensure adequate sleep
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from Fibromyalgia Syndrome, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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