musculoskeletal

Fibromyalgia, Part 1

The term Fibromyalgia is widely used nowadays. Quite a number of people say they have fibromyalgia, especially with chronic pain over multiple parts of their body. However, how much do you understand this condition? We know it's meaning, derived from three words: "fibro" (fibrous tissue), "myo" (muscles), and "algia" (pain). However, medically, there is still a lot we do not know about it.

Not a Disease
Fibromyalgia affects middle aged women. The incidence is much more in female than male. We still do not know either the cause or the course of it. Therefore, fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome, not a disease. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is the generalized, chronic musculoskeletal pain. However, it is commonly associated with psychologically-related symptoms such as anxiety and stress. 

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