Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that increases a person’s sensitivity to pain, to the point that it affects his ability to function. It is also accompanied by extreme fatigue, sleep abnormalities, and memory problems. Some experts believe that fibromyalgia affects the way the brain processes pain signal, resulting to increase sensitivity to pain.
The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia usually begin after a surgery, infection, any physical trauma and a traumatic event. Women are more susceptible to developing fibromyalgia. Though there is no cure for this disorder, there are medications that can help in managing the symptoms. Exercise, stress reduction measures and relaxation can also help in managing symptoms.
The following are the symptoms common in individuals with the disorder:
- Fatigue – Affected individuals’ reports that when they wake up even after a long sleep they still feel tired. They also experience sleep apnea or pauses of breathing while asleep. Sleep is disrupted most of the time by pain and other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome for example.
- Cognitive Troubles – People with fibromyalgia may also experience problems with concentrating or retention of new information such as memories or new experiences.
- Excessive tiredness
- Irritable bowel syndrome – A disorder that affects the large intestine and often causes abdominal cramping, pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea.
- Numbness and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
There is no specific cause of fibromyalgia, but experts believe that a combination of the following will greatly increase the chance of developing the disorder.
- Genes. Fibromyalgia tends to run in families.
- Infections. Certain diseases can jumpstart or trigger the development of fibromyalgia.
- Traumatic events. Post-traumatic stress can also contribute to the disorder’s development
The symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain and lack of sleep can greatly affect a person’s ability to function much more work. Additionally, the frustration felt with the dealing of the disorder can cause depression and anxiety.
If you think you are suffering from Fibromyalgia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Fibromyalgia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).