Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles. Yet its often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Classic symptoms are widespread muscle and joint pain with chronic fatigue. In most cases Fibromyalgia is predominantly reported in women with fewer cases reported in men.
Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread pain in the muscles and joints, areas of tenderness, and general fatigue. Symptoms like these are considered subjective, meaning they can’t be determined or measured by tests. Because its symptoms are subjective and there isn’t a clear known cause, fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed as another disease, it is characterised by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure).
Fibromyalgia is often associated with areas of tenderness, which are called trigger points or tender points. These are places on your body where even light pressure can cause pain. Today, these points are rarely used to diagnose fibromyalgia. Instead, they may be used as one way for doctors to narrow their list of possible diagnoses. Doctors use a combination of other consistent symptoms — and possibly some medical tests — to help them determine a cause.
A person used to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia if they had widespread pain and tenderness in at least 11 of the known 18 trigger points. Doctors would check to see how many of these points were painful by pressing firmly on them. Trigger points include: back of the head, tops of shoulders, upper chest, hips, knees, inner elbows just to name a few. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition.
Trigger points are no longer the focus of diagnosis for fibromyalgia. Instead, doctors may make a diagnosis if you report widespread pain for more than three months and have no diagnosable medical condition that can explain the pain. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.
We offer an outlined and detail guide on benefits and entitlements for fibromyalgia sufferers.
Information and a full breakdown of welfare allowances that may not have been widely known to you.
Information on available Health Services and treatments that will help you deal with Fibromyalgia.
Private, dedicated online support group to discuss anything fibro related in a safe place.
We are constantly looking for individuals who can spare some time and help work along side us in the fight against Fibromyalgia. Our goal is to assist as many people who are dealing with Fibromyalgia and provide support and information where necessary.