The National Institute of Health defines Fibromyalgia as,
a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia).
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is defined by the Center for Disease Control as,
a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities.
The CDC estimates that there are around 5 million adults in the US that suffer from fibromyalgia and that there are at least 4 million adults in the US who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The CDC also notes that at least 85% of those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are undiagnosed.
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Immune system impairment, exposure to environmental toxins, genetic factors and high levels of emotional and environmental stress are all associated with the onset of both of these conditions. There is also a clear link between a history of traumatic experience(s) and these conditions. Experiencing abuse, having a car accident, witnessing a traumatic event and experiencing an extended bout with illness can all increase you risk of developing fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome.
Medication, therapy, diet and exercise and mindfulness practices including things like yoga and meditation can help people with these conditions to manage their symptoms and return to their normal level of functioning.
If you think you are suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, please visit Wellpsyche.com to schedule an appointment with one of our providers. Our providers are very experienced in diagnosing and treating these conditions and we will work with you to achieve remission of your symptoms and a high quality of life.