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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body as well as profound fatigue. It can also be called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and can be very painful for those who have it. 

The pain caused by fibromyalgia tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most such as your legs and bum. It may depend on what job you have or activities you do where the pain will occur.   

The fatigue side of the condition can range from just feeling a little bit tired, to sheer exhaustion, which described as a 'flu-like illness.' The FMAUK state that the tiredness may come and go and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia tend to vary from person to person. They usually are:

  • Widespread pain
  • Extreme sensitivity 
  • Stiffness in the body
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • IBS (irritable bowl syndrome)
  • Irritable Leg Syndrome
  • Tingling and Numbness
  • Feeling too hot or too cold
  • Cognitive problems

The NHS acknowledge that there may be periods when your symptoms get better or worse, depending on factors such as:

  • your stress levels
  • changes in the weather
  • how physically active you are

It's not clear why some people develop fibromyalgia. The exact cause is unknown however, Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a common illness. People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia are usually able to live a normal life, given the appropriate treatment from your GP. 

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