Introduction Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of unknown causes that results in lasting, sometimes debilitating, muscle pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is also known as fibrositis or fibromyositis. General Description of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Pain. The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is pain. The pain can be in one place or all over the body. The exact locations of the pain are called tender points. Fibromyalgia pain is often described as: Tender point pain that occurs in local areas, usually in the neck and shoulders. The pain then spreads out from these areas. The pain actually starts at the muscles. The joints are not affected, although many patients feel that the pain is arising from their joints. There are no lumps or nodes associated with these pain points, and no signs of inflammation (swelling). People who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia feel pain in at least 11 of 18 specific tender points. The skin feels more sensitive to the touch. Widespread stiffness, burning, and aching pain. The pa...
With much of the U.S. experiencing temperatures in the 90 and 100 degree ranges, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how the heat affects many of us with fibromyalgia. Most people with fibromyalgia report having some kind of temperature sensitivity. Some are very sensitive to cold , others are sensitive to heat, and still others react to both. I'm one of the heat-sensitive people. I sometimes describe myself as “hyper-sensitive” to heat. When temperatures get above 70, I'm uncomfortable. If they reach 75 degrees, I'm miserable. It feels as if every tissue in my body is swollen and I have difficulty breathing. I've been known to hyperventilate from trying to catch my breath. When I get overheated, my pain level goes way up and anything touching my skin is extremely painful – including my clothes. As strange as it may sound to some, heat sensitivity is the most life-altering of all my FM symptoms &n...
Research engineers and sleep medicine specialists from two Michigan universities have issued the result of a study that discusses how a sleep study can be used to determine other sleep disorders, including insomnia and fibromyalgia .
Joseph W. Burns, a research scientist and engineer at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) also suggested that "It may even become possible for people to take sleep tests -- simpler and more effective than some of those currently available -- at home where they can sleep in their own familiar beds."
Let us look at two troublesome disorders that, although not actually sleep disorders, do tend to disrupt sleep.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating and complex disorder. It causes severe fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, an inability to concentrate and insomnia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder of the muscles characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tenderness.
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