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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a neuromuscular disorder that affects millions of Americans. On average, fibromyalgia tends to be more common amongst women than in men, and seems to peak between the age range of 35-45 years old. It is a complex disorder, and causes widespread pain throughout the body. However, the most common tender points within those who suffer from fibromyalgia are the neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and back.

While there is no specific cause for fibromyalgia, it is believed that individuals who suffer from prolonged periods of intense stress or trauma are at higher risk of developing the disease. Additionally, those who suffer from serious infections or have inflammatory disorders such as arthritis are also considered at risk to develop fibromyalgia down the line.

The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Excessive fatigue
• Memory loss or additional cognitive problems such as trouble thinking, focusing, etc.
• Stiffness
• Heightened anxiety
• Depression
• Migraines & headaches
• Overactive bladder

Unfortunately, while there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are methods to ease pain and discomfort such as: stretching, regular exercise, medication, stress management, support groups, massage therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy, among other techniques and treatments.

If you believe you have or are at risk for fibromyalgia, consult with your physician immediately before pursuing treatment. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients with fibromyalgia, call us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.