Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Yet, it is often most misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Due to the lack of understanding of its cause and how the disease affects the body (the pathophysiology), several treatment modalities such as antidepressant therapy, biofeedback, aquatic and land exercise have been suggested.
Predominant in young and middle-aged women, Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a musculoskeletal system disorder characterized by chronic pain and tender points. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.
Other symptoms may include:
- Sleep Disturbance
- Impaired Muscular Performance
- Difficulty with Concentration and Memory (called Fibro Fog)
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, several studies have reported that exercise programs are helpful with the recovery of function and a decrease in pain.