How To Spot, And Treat, Fibromyalgia

The older we grow, the more aches and pains we have to deal with. Our bodies undergo a lot of stress over the course of our lives, and we often accept these ailments as unavoidable and learn to live with them. While it might feel noble to “tough it out,” this might not always be the best course of action. Even if you think the pains you are feeling are normal, it might be worth consulting a physician to see if you have fibromyalgia.

Next to arthritis, fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition in the world. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of its symptoms and treatment options, dismissing it as “everyday aches and pains.” The medical community is still learning about this complicated disorder, but they have narrowed down certain factors that increase one's chances of developing it. Additionally, fibromyalgia comes with a number of distinct warning signs for us to be on the lookout for.

If you think you might be suffering from fibromyalgia, know that you are not alone. Many people just like you feel these same uncomfortable symptoms and have found effective ways to manage and treat them. Just because there is still a lot to learn about this muscular disorder doesn't mean it is impossible to beat. Scroll down to learn more about the symptoms, contributing factors, and treatments for fibromyalgia.

The Mayo Clinic lists three main factors that contribute to your likelihood of developing fibromyalgia:

1. Sex

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Women are more at risk of having fibromyalgia than men.

2. Family History

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You are more likely to develop fibromyalgia if someone in your family has had it before.

3. Rheumatic Disease


Those who already suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have a higher chance of developing fibromyalgia.


Fibromyalgia affects every aspect of your life. It causes intense pains throughout your body that can disrupt your sleeping pattern and even lead to depression in some cases. Here are the most common symptoms that patients have reported:

Abdominal Pain

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Dry Mouth, Nose, And/Or Eyes


Unusually Sensitive To Cold And/Or Heat

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Trouble Focusing

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Incontinence Or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Numbness And/Or Tingling In Fingers And Toes

Petras Gagilas


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Treatment Options

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Before you attempt to treat your fibromyalgia, consult your physician to confirm that you have it. Doctors know exactly what to look for and must eliminate other possibilities before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia. Those suffering from fibromyalgia have found the following treatment options helpful:

1. Pain Relievers (over-the-counter or prescribed)

2. Antidepressants

3. Anti-Seizure Medications

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