Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic and common disorder, more common in females rather than males. Though fibromyalgia is considered as arthritis related condition but it is not truly a form of arthritis as it does not cause any damage to joints, muscles, tissues and organs. Fibromyalgia is not at all fatal but pain, tenderness and number of other symptoms may cause lot of discomfort and trouble. It is a chronic disorder and requires longer time to cure sometimes even a lifetime.
Fibromyalgia is considered as rheumatic condition and cause pain and fatigue like arthritis. It can also impair joints, soft tissues and cause chronic pain to restrict the victim from performing his daily activities. Apart from pain and fatigue there are several other symptoms of fibromyalgia like sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, breathing problems, widespread pain, memory and cognitive problems, headaches, nausea, painful menstrual periods, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome and tingling of hands and feet. Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose as it is evident that its symptoms over lap with the symptoms of many other type of diseases and ailments and there is no specific medical test to diagnose fibromyalgia.
To diagnose fibromyalgia 18 sites on the body has been classified as tender points and a person should have at least 11 tender points to diagnose fibromyalgia. Medically, fibromyalgia syndrome is diagnosed if person suffers from widespread pain, which means pain that occurs on both the sides of the body and below and above waist level, for more than 3 months and diffuse tenderness at 11 out of 18 tender points on the body along with other symptoms and medical history of the person and family.
Fibromyalgia is called as syndrome because all the signs, symptoms and medical problems tend to occur together but cannot be related to any specific condition or cause. There are many factors suspected by the scientists for initiating this syndrome, mostly it is believed that physically or mentally stressful upbringing of an individual may be responsible for causing this syndrome. Any traumatic event like accident or repetitive injuries may also be the causes for fibromyalgia.
Several genes are commonly identified in fibromyalgia patients to make scientists consider genetic reasons as another possible cause of this syndrome. Genes of a person may regulate the way his or her body perceives painful stimuli, a fibromyalgia patient's genes may perceive a stimuli as painful which genes of most of the other people may not. People suffering from rheumatic diseases like RA, Lupus and ankylosing spondilitis are more prone to gather fibromyalgia too.
Herbal oil massages can give immense relief by treating the problem naturally. Herbs used in these oils can promote blood flow all over the body and reduce pain. These herbs also raise energy levels of the body to treat fatigue and depression and promote sleep. The formula of these oils has been designed to relax the muscles and also to help the body to cure infection in the affected area. The cure for fibromyalgia may not been known yet but the herbs of these oils has been used since a long time in different medications as treatment for this syndrome.