Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain throughout the body. People with this disorder often experience tenderness to touch, extreme fatigue, trouble sleeping, and foggy thinking. Anxiety and depression can also accompany this disorder.
Fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis. It does not cause swelling or damage to joints or muscles. Researchers don’t know what causes fibromyalgia but have found that it is sometimes triggered by a traumatic event. They believe the disorder causes the brain to intensify painful sensations.
A number of medications can help improve symptoms, and often exercise and physical therapy play a part in successful treatment. You may be referred to a rheumatologist to rule out rheumatic disease or diagnose fibromyalgia. Ongoing care is traditionally provided by your primary care provider (PCP).