Fibromyalgia Research Paper

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Kandi K. Exposito
Everest College Pharmacy Technician Course

Fibromyalgia is described as inflammation of the fibrous or connective tissues of the body (Larson, 2002). The connective tissues include the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. The primary characteristics of this condition include widespread pain, fatigue and multiple tender points. Individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia may also suffer from sleep disturbance, headache, bowel disturbances, morning stiffness, painful menstrual periods, numbness or tingling in the extremities, restless leg syndrome, temperature sensitivity, or sensitivity to loud noises or bright light. Fibromyalgia is considered to be a rheumatic condition and has been categorized
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Anyone in any age group can be affected by this syndrome but it is most common in women of child bearing age. The female to male ratio is 7:1 (Larsen, 2002).
The actual cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Some studies show that this condition may be hereditary and others show that it may arise due to a physically or emotionally stressful event, repetitive injuries, linked to an illness, or just occurs spontaneously (Webb, 2013).
The term fibromyalgia was first coined in 1976 when the name was changed from fibrositis to fibromyalgia by physicians due to the fact that the condition did not present any form of inflammation in the affected areas (Fibromyalgia, 2010). The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Fibromyalgia may be thought of as a new illness; however, records show that this condition may have existed as far back as around 1500 BC.
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Joe’s Rehab center in Bellingham and Bothell FM/CFS/Chronic Pain Support group meets the second Tuesday of each month in Bothell.
One of my Aunt’s was diagnosed with this condition about 20 years ago and ever since her diagnosis, I had wondered exactly what Fibromyalgia was. She had suffered for years with unexplained chronic pain and depression due to the pain. After reading about the effects that fibromyalgia has on a person’s body, mind and daily life, I can understand now why she was always so miserable. I just hope that the research and studies continue to improve diagnosis and treatment for this terrible debilitating chronic
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