Could that back pain be fibromyalgia?

Do you suffer from a chronic back pain? Is it accompanied by muscle tightening and spasms? Is it a migratory pain, i.e. does it travel to other parts of the body as well? Do you often feel fatigued or drained out of all energy? Does sleep often turn elusive for you? Have you never experienced any injury which may be the cause of your back pain? If the answer to two or more of these questions is yes, your chronic back pain could be related fibromyalgia. Though the exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, many researchers believe that it is a problem related to the central nervous system. The spine is surrounded by a number of crisscrossing muscles which help in supporting the body and keeping it properly aligned. These muscles overlap with other muscles (near the spine), which neurologically connected to the pain processing centers in the brain. In fibromyalgia patients, these pain processors are overactive. This means that the brain senses more pain than it generally should, resulting in chronic upper and lower back pain. Fibromyalgia is also said to be caused by disruptive sleep cycles, stress and the body’s inability to clear metabolic waste. However, this does not mean that a person suffering from fibromyalgia is doomed to suffer from back pain for the rest of his/her life. Fibromyalgia related back pain can be treated with a holistic approach, which should include psychotherapy, physiotherapy and medicines.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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