Monday, May 25, 2009

You hurt all over, and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor canít find anything specifically wrong with you. If this sounds familiar, you may have fibromyalgia. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender pointsóplaces on your body where slight pressure causes pain.

Fibromyalgia occurs in about two percent of the population in the United States. Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.

Doctors donít know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include genetics, infections or physical or emotional trauma.

The pain associated with fibromyalgia is described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles.

Signs and symptoms can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.

People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Experts believe that these people rarely reach the deep restorative stage of sleep.

Join me tomorrow as I discuss treatment options for fibromyalgia.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.