Fibromyalgia

 

The name fibromyalgia is made up of the word 'fibro' for fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments; 'my' indicating muscles; and 'algia' meaning pain. Fibromyalgia is a common illness, being even more common than rheumatoid arthritis and can even be more painful.

 

'The Prevalence of Fibromyalgia: A survey in five European countries (see www.fmauk.org/prevalence for details) has put the prevalence of FM at betweem 2.9 and 4.7%.

 

People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia are usually able to live a normal life, given the appropriate treatment. If symptoms are severe, however, people may not be able to hold down a paying job or have much of a social life.

What is FM?

The name is made up from 'fibro' for fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments; 'my' indicating muscles; and 'algia' meaning pain.

 

Fibromyalgia is a common illness, even more common than rheumatoid arthritis and can be more painful. Prevalence of fibromyalgia: A Survey in five European countries (see www.fmauk.org/prevalence for details) put the prevalence of FM at between 2.9 and 4.7%.

 

People who have mild or moderate fibromyalgia are usually able to live a normal life as long as they are given the correct treatments. Severe fibromyalgia can lead to the loss of a paying job and social life.

 

 

 

 












Fibromyalgia is an invisible illness but it carries a hefty punch and it can take over your life if you let it. There are 18 tender points and widespread pain in muscles, tendons and ligaments all over the body. It's a chronic illness and there is no cure. This illness affects mainly woman but it does affect men and children too. 

What causes FM?

It is not known but research shows that there is small changes in some of the chemicals in the brain and the nervous system. There seems to be a minor change in the level of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. They are the chemicals responsible for transmitting messages between nerves and the brain cells. Studies have also shown that sufferers tend to have an increased amount of a chemical called substance P in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord (the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)). This substance may be involved in the way pain messages are transmitted. The main theory is that sufferers have an over-sensitivity to pain signals in the brain. This is called central sensitisation. It may be due to various minor changes in brain chemicals. What triggers or causes these changes is not known.

So which of these cars best describes you?

 

So which of these cars do feel like?

 

Fibromyalgia sufferers generally feel like the run down heap on the left. Once upon a time we may have felt like the car on the right and wish we were still in that immaculate condition. However, we find ourselves with what feels like a severe case of flu every single day. I think being run over by a steamroller might be more pleasant.

 

Some days I think, if I could just go through that carwash, I may get some of my sparkle back! Ah wishful thinking.

 

 

Working with FMA UK, registered charity number: 1042582

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