Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common ailment affecting the musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis. It is characterized by widespread pain, tenderness in the joints, muscles and tendons, as well as heightened and painful response to pressure.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million adults in the U.S. Most of those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are women (Female: Male ratio 7:1).
Fibromyalgia symptoms may also include:
- Morning stiffness
- Sleep problems
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Headaches, including migraines
- Problems with thinking and memory (known as “fibro fog”)
- Feeling anxious or depressed
- Sensitivity to odors, noise, bright lights, medications and foods
Fibromyalgia symptoms may intensify depending on the time of day. Symptoms may also get worse with fatigue, tension, inactivity, changes in the weather, overexertion, hormonal fluctuations, stress, depression, or other emotional factors.