Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes soft tissue or myofascial pain. While the symptoms may resemble those of arthritis (inflammation of the joints), the condition is limited to soft tissues. Fibromyalgia may be caused by traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis, genetic factors, or autoimmune conditions like Lupus.
In addition to muscle pain accompanied by muscle twitching or tightness, patients may also have tender points all over the body. They experience fatigue and insomnia and find it difficult to concentrate in a condition called “fibro fog.”
Patients are treated with pain relievers. Regular, moderate, low impact exercise or physical therapy that builds endurance while stretching and strengthening muscles have also improved painful fibromyalgia. Endorphins released during exercise help to combat pain, stress, insomnia, and depression. Complementary therapies include massages and acupuncture.
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