Fibrositis is a chronic pain disorder of the human body.
It's more commonly referred to as Fibromyalgia or Fibromyositis.
This is a medical condition where pain occurs in the muscles, connective tissues of the tendons, muscles, bones, joints, and muscle sheaths. This inflammation affects muscular areas including the thighs, hips, arms, chest, shoulders, neck, and lower back.
Typical Fibrositis sufferers are between the ages of thirty and sixty. This condition is five times more likely to affect women than men.
The cause of this condition is currently unknown. It was though that this condition was due to an imbalance of brain chemicals, convincing researchers this was a psychological disorder. However, recently researchers have concluded this is no longer a psychological disorder, but a medical condition.
There are a few things that can increase your risk of having this chronic muscle pain. These include:
- Overwork / Fatigue
- Viral Infections
- Poor Nutrition
- Exposure to Dampness / Cold
- Muscle Injuries
- Sleep Disturbances
- Medical History of Disorders Including Joint Inflammation and Arthritis
- Chronic Widespread Pain
- Fatigue / Sleep Disturbances
- Morning Stiffness
- Feeling of Swollen Joints
- Cognitive Problems (memory disturbances, difficulty articulating words)
- Fluctuations in Weight
- Depression and Anxiety
- Migraine Headaches
Fibrositis is a chronic condition that has no known cure. However, there are treatment options aimed at decreasing symptoms and improving the quality of life for sufferers. Once your doctor has performed a proper diagnosis they will recommend these treatment options.
For some with this condition, they may spontaneous recovery. However, others may notice consistent flare-ups and remissions. This is a very uncomfortable disease, but it's not life-threatening.
Sufferers are advised to avoid the risk factors mentioned above. Practicing regular conditioning exercise and getting an adequate amount of sleep each night can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
A variety of medications may be prescribed to individuals suffering from this type of chronic widespread pain. For those with minor discomfort it's recommended to use non-prescription drugs. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen to dull the pain.
For excruciating tender points, doctors may use cortisone injections or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In some cases, medical professionals may prescribe antidepressants for short stints of time.
Some of the most popular prescribed medications for those with fibromyalgia include Gabapentin, Amitriptyline, Paroxetine, Mirtazapine, Nortriptyline, Tramadol, Fluoxetine, Doxepin, Citalopram, Carisoprodol, Clonazepam, Buspirone, Pentoxifylline, and Donepezil.
**It's important to have your doctor go over possible side effects of these medications, so you are prepared for them.**
Using alternative holistic approaches are also highly recommended by current sufferers as they protest to their ability to dull and block out unwanted muscle pain.