Fibromyalgia: What is it? How is it Diagnosed? And 8 Ways You Can Reduce Symptoms

Life can come with occasional body aches and pains. Most of the time, these body aches and pains are caused by a clear, apparent reason such as injuries, arthritis, sickness, etc. Yet, for about 4 million US adults (2% of the population), unclear, incurable body aches and pains have become their standard way of living. These types of aches and pains can also come along with other symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, GI distress, emotional health issues, and/or cognitive issues, like “brain fog”. If this sounds familiar to you, you may have or have already been diagnosed with something known as fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder mainly characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. It can also be accompanied by other life-altering health and wellness issues. Frustratingly, doctors and researchers still are not sure what causes fibromyalgia but, many believe that it has something to do with how your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals from your nerves causing sensations to be amplified. For example, someone without fibromyalgia might get bumped accidentally while walking down the street by another pedestrian. This minor inconvenience will cause them little to no pain. Someone with fibromyalgia experiences the same inconvenience, yet their pain level might be moderate to severe. According to the CDC, this is known as abnormal pain perception processing.