What is fibromyalgia and how is it treated?
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines fibromyalgia as “a disorder of unknown etiology characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and often psychological distress.”
- Women make up the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers but men and children can also have this condition. Fibromyalgia goes undiagnosed in many men.
- Most fibromyalgia patients are diagnosed during middle age.
- A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research reported that when asked to score their perceived present quality of life, fibromyalgia patients averaged a score of 4.8 (1 = low to 10 = highest).
- Studies suggest that adults who have fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from major depression than those who do not.
- While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, the journal Current Pain and Headache Reports suggests that traumatic events, such as car accidents, and repetitive injuries have been associated with the condition’s onset.
- While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, its symptoms can be treated.The Wurn Technique is a drug-free treatment for fibromyalgia that can help decrease pain and restore full range of motion. Clear Passage therapists work with you to improve your function and your tolerance for physical activity in order to return you to an active, productive lifestyle.
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