Fibromyalgia is a very common condition that happens after a person has had osteoarthritis. This can go misdiagnosed and it is likely that the person does not understand is clearly. The characteristics that are associated with this include joint pain, extreme fatigue and muscle pain. There are some other symptoms to that vary from patient to patient. This is a condition that can lead to emotional issues such as depression and isolating one's self from others.
FMS stands for fibromyalgia syndrome. This is an overview of the symptoms associated with it, how it is diagnosed and the possible treatments.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

Do you know what a syndrome is? When someone has been diagnosed with a "syndrome" they experience a set of symptoms therefore the two exist in the patient together. This also implies that a disease may get worse. If someone is diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome any of the following symptoms might occur.

  • Widespread pain
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Tender areas on the body
  • Depression or an onset of anxiety

Men and Women with Fibromyalgia

There are millions of Americans who suffer from Fibromyalgia and the majority of them are women. The age range for this is between the age of 25 and 60. Women are far more prone to develop this than men.

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes your whole body to ache. The most common symptom is extreme fatigue, as well as bodily tender points, swelling; difficulty sleeping and mood problems; depression and anxiety are the most common. It may feel as if you have been overworking your muscles and it may feel as if you have pulled something. It is likely they will feel this way even if you haven't been exercising or moving around much. The muscles may feel as if they are burning, twitching and you may even feel as if there is a stabbing pain somewhere on your body.

There are some patients with fibromyalgia that have pain and experience achiness in their joints. The most common areas are in their hips, shoulder back and neck. This is usually the reason why they have difficulty sleeping. The other symptoms are as follows:

  • Incontinence
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Dry mouth
  • Chronic headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness in fingers or feet
  • IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)

Fibromyalgia is a condition that can result in signs that reflect those of bursitis, tendinitis and osteoarthritis. There are many experts that will categorize this in the same condition as arthritis and disorders that are related to arthritis. The pain is still localized and the pain with fibromyalgia is widespread.