Essay Symptoms And Treatment Of Fibromyalgia

933 Words Nov 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Fibromyalgia (FM) is very common in the United States, and affects 2-5% of the adult population. Rheumatologists, doctors who specialized in diagnosing and treating autoimmune disorders that pain and affect the joints, say that FM is the second most common disease right next to arthritis. It is continual disorder that has damaging effects on the body that prevents the patients to perform daily activities, as well as having a relationship with family and friends. FM is a painful disease that even negatively affects today’s society. Many people will say that the cause of FM is unknown, however our knowledge of the disease has increased tremendously over the years. New research has shown that the major symptom of this disorder, which is chronic pain all over the body, originated in the central nervous system and was caused by neurochemical imbalances. Neuroimaging studies even support this research, proving that FM is associated with the abnormal processing of a stimuli in the central nervous system. The images of the brain detected a pain response in patients that was diagnosed with FM using a much lower pain stimulus compared to a normal pain stimulus. More research has found that in other disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and temporomandibular joint disorder the same exact pain stimulus occurs. This proves that the exact findings that occur in a central nervous system that is affected by FM are even in many other chronic disorders. Even though the overall…

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