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What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms, and legs. The pain may be worse in the morning and evening. Sometimes, the pain may last all day long. The pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety and stress. The condition affects about 2% to 4% of people in the U.S. It is most common in middle-aged women.

The cause is unknown. Researchers think there may be a link with sleep problems and stress. It may also be linked to immune, endocrine, or biochemical problems.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Each person’s symptoms may vary. But chronic pain is the most common symptom. The pain most often affects the muscles and the points where muscles attach to bones. These are the ligaments and tendons.

Pain may begin in one part of your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Over time your whole body may be affected. The pain ranges from mild to severe. It may feel like burning, soreness, stiffness, aching, or gnawing pain. You may have sore spots in certain parts of your muscles. It may feel like arthritis, but it’s not a condition that gets worse. And it doesn’t damage muscles or bones.

Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Medium to severe fatigue

  • Less exercise endurance

  • Sleep problems at night

  • Depressed mood

  • Anxiety

  • Headaches

  • Irritable bowel symptoms, such as belly (abdominal) pain and bloating, diarrhea, and constipation

  • Restless legs

  • Painful menstrual periods

  • Trouble thinking clearly (called “fibro fog”)

These symptoms can seem like other health conditions. Make sure to discuss these with us for a proper diagnosis.

Living with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. But you can manage it by working with us here at The Medical Dock. We offer a wide variety of medical services and treatment plans to help relieve pain and minimize symptoms while getting you your life back.

We believe it’s your right to receive the medical care you need when you need it, to find relief from the effects of illness and accident, to live each day free from pain and with a bright, energetic, positive outlook.

We promise to support your right to health – personally and professionally – in a friendly, supportive environment. Discover The Medical Dock difference.