Updated: Jul 8, 2021
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by multiple tender points throughout the entire body that persists for more than three months. The condition's cause is unknown, but theories suggest that an alteration of neurotransmitters, serotonin, and catecholamines, are present and lead to decreased pain threshold and elevated pain ratings. This change causes nonpainful stimuli to become painful; a sensation called allodynia. The increased presence of pain can lead to poor sleep, chronic fatigue, and a decreased quality of life.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Current fibromyalgia treatment plans follow an individualistic approach that caters to each patient's unique needs. The most effective strategies involve movement therapy, meditation, and nutritional changes. Many treatment plans involve a pharmaceutical component, all of which are safe but only proven successful in short-term studies.