Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a disorder that causes widespread aches and pains all over the body. Fibromyalgia symptoms can also include stiffness, general fatigue (which can be very debilitating for some people) and sleep disturbances. The most common areas of the body that are affected include the neck, back, pelvic girdle and shoulders. These real or 'pseudo' symptoms can last for years.
Prior to 1980, fibromyalgia was not a frequent diagnosis. More recently, fibromyalgia is one of the most common diagnoses made by rheumatologists today. It is the latest "buzz word" diagnosis.
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, approximately 5-7% of the population has fibromyalgia. Out of these people, almost 80% – 90% are female. It is not truly known why women are affected more, but some people theorize it is because of the hormonal changes women go through. Even though most people are in their middle ages when diagnosed, it can affect anyone at anytime, even teenagers or children.
Because the condition can be so bothersome, it can negatively impact families, friends and employers, as well as society at large. We do not realize the magnitude this condition can have. People have lost jobs, relationships have been ruined and families have been split because of FMS.
The discouraging part is that no revolutionary fibromyalgia cure has been found yet. Ongoing research has shown some progress over the past few years but nothing that has been earth shattering.
Many fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue sufferers (which goes hand in hand with fibromyagia) say the same thing; "I do not care what I try, I just want something to help me." People have tried every infomercial product available from creams, to pills, to gadgets. Some products do help, but most do not.
There is no cure for 'true' fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. As a result, you should be aware and cautious of the so-called "cures" out there that are advertised or promoted. This is only my opinion, but there is not a product, company or doctor who should ever say that they can 'cure' fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia symptoms however, can be better managed. First and foremost, you will need to make some lifestyle changes and adaptations if you are to manage your symptoms better. Most people are not willing to change, because most people do not like change. Change typically implies adjustment, discomfort and most of all, additional effort on the individual's part. Most people want a "quick" fix.
You must remember one important factor as with anything in life, you must to the best of your ability, remain positive and consistent in your actions. Often times, people will try something half-heartedly and then complain that it did not bring any results. Please do not fall into this category! Positive changes take time and consistent effort. Be patient and never give up because the only person that can really help you the most is you!