Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and is a form of arthritis characterized by muscular fatigue, generalized pain and fatigue of the fibrous tissues such as tendons and the ligaments.
This condition affects nearly 2% of the population of the developed countries like the US and Japan.
Fibromyalgia is often denoted as a debilitating disease due to severe fatigue and the musculoskeletal pain caused by it in the patients. Let us know more about the causes of this debilitating disease. Some important and the chief causes of fibromyalgia have been given below.
You may be surprised to know that till date, the causes of fibromyalgia are not known. But the suggested causes include several factors such as insomnia or sleep disturbances, physically unfit muscles, etc. Some of the most probable causes of fibromyalgia condition may be depression, emotional stress, and lack of exercise, trauma, and anxiety.
Some other important fibromyalgia causes may include sleep disturbances, sleep disorders, overexertion, and stress. Sometimes, fibromyalgia may also be caused due to humidity, extreme temperature, and infectious diseases.
An important point to be noted with regard to these causes of fibromyalgia is that these causes may not be exclusively responsible for the development of the fibromyalgia condition. Many factors acting together may give rise to fibromyalgia.
Now let us know about the symptoms exhibited by the fibromyalgia condition. We know that fibromyalgia is a common form of arthritis. Hence, like any other arthritis form, fibromyalgia exhibits morning stiffness in any of the chief joints, as its symptom.
Some other important symptoms of fibromyalgia may include physical as well as mental fatigue, and muscle aches and joint aches. Severe fatigue arising due to fibromyalgia reduces the ability of the affected person remarkably preventing him/her from carrying on the regular tasks normally. Fibromyalgia mainly attacks the joints of the lower back and the legs.
Chronic headache, cognitive dysfunction, jaw pain and post exertion depression are some other widespread symptoms of fibromyalgia. Sleep disorders, mood disorders, balance disturbances, digestive disturbances and abdominal pain are some other symptoms associated with the fibromyalgia condition.
At times, skin sensitivity, nausea, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods) may also indicate fibromyalgia condition but these are not the common symptoms of fibromyalgia.