Ottawa Fibromyalgia Support Group
Studies have also shown that fibromyalgia is a condition that typically causes:
Hyperalgesia-increased pain to normally painful contact (for example, when a small pinprick causes a sharp, stabbing pain-more pain than would occur in a person without fibromyalgia)
Allodynia-pain to normally nonpainful contact (for example, when a hug or handshake can feel painful). Allodynia may also include increased sensitivity to smells, bright lights, loud sounds, changes in weather, heat, cold, and various foods. For example, some people find they are more sensitive to light, so they need to wear sunglasses. People sensitive to sound may describe sounds as piercing or painfully loud.
History of Fibromyalgia:
Fibromyalgia was once thought to be a mental disorder. It was first described by doctors in the early 1800s. They wrote about a health condition called “muscular rheumatism.” The symptoms were stiffness, aches, pains, tiredness, and difficulty sleeping
Tender points of fibromyalgia were first documented in the early 1820s. Eighty years later, the term “fibrositis” was first used. This was because inflammation (swelling) was thought to be a cause of the pain, so the ending “itis” was given
In 1976, the name of the condition was changed to “fibromyalgia.” Swelling in the body was no longer believed to be the cause of pain.
The term fibromyalgia is taken from Latin and Greek words: Fibra (Latin) meaning fibrous tissue and has to do with painful tendons and ligaments, Myos (Greek) meaning muscles, Algos (Greek) meaning pain
Top Ten Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Pain all over
Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, some foods, and prescription medications.
Weather (especially cold climates and changes in barometric pressure), cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), poor quality sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and over-exertion can all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
The precise cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Fibromyalgia can occur on its own, but it has also been linked to family history, stress, psychological distress, trauma, illness, injury, and/or infection.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder of unknown cause characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue, positive tender points and often psychological distress
• Fibromyalgia affects about 2-3% of adults worldwide, although prevalence is lower in Asia.
• Women are more likely to have ﬁbromyalgia than men.
• Fibromyalgia is co-morbid with other rheumatologic conditions, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and anxiety.
• Patients with ﬁbromyalgia experience substantial disability, healthcare utilization, and disease-related costs.