Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Fibromyalgia is a common and disabling disorder affecting between 2 to 4 percent of the population, women more often than men. Despite the conditions frequency, the diagnosis is often missed. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about fibromyalgia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissue as well as sleep problems, fatigue and a variety of other symptoms. These problems can be severe enough to disrupt a persons work and daily activities. Fortunately, the condition does not permanently damage the muscles, joints or internal organs.

There is no clear understanding of what causes fibromyalgia. Because fibromyalgia is a syndrome of many symptoms, it has been difficult to find a specific cause.

Some theories suggest that fibromyalgia may be associated with oversensitive nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. This may be linked to an imbalance in brain chemicals that control mood, or an imbalance of hormones.

The variety and severity of symptoms caused by fibromyalgia vary from person to person. Widespread, chronic pain is the most common.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Treatment is focused on managing pain, fatigue, depression and other common symptoms. Most affected patients are improved with regular exercise.

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