Memory problems. Sleep disturbances. Mood changes. These are just a few of the more common symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that causes debilitating muscle pain and fatigue. Read on to learn more about how this condition is managed.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown
  • Contributing factors may include:
    • Anomalies in immune, endocrine or nervous systems
    • Genetics
    • Infection
    • Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
    • Stress
    • Trauma (physical or emotional)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Reduced physical endurance
  • Tenderness (especially trigger points)
  • Trouble with concentration and memory
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatments

  • Fibromyalgia symptoms manifest themselves differently in different people.
  • Women between the ages of 20 and 60 are at increased risk.
  • Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress and increasing exercise.
  • Certain medications, including antidepressants and pain relievers, may offer symptom relief.
  • While there is no cure, it is possible to successfully manage this condition under the guidance of a physician-directed treatment plan.