Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. If you aren't familiar with what Fibromyalgia is, it is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. On the other hand, in other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Some people experience tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.. The gender that is most likely to be diagnosed with the disorder is female. There is currently no cure (Fibromyalgia, 2017).
Some statistics about Fibromyalgia are (Prevalence, n.d.):
- Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions.
- It affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population.
- It is often seen in families, among siblings or mothers and their children.
- The diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years
Fibromyalgia.(2017). Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/home/ovc-20317786
Prevalence. (n.d.). Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://www.fmaware.org/about-fibromyalgia/prevalence/