Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, reluctance, sleep disturbance, and depressed or restless mood. Generally, women are more common than men. It can occur as a result of prolonged stressful life events, or sometimes there is no specific stress factor that initiates it.
Rheumatology Specialist Uzm, whose evaluations are included in the statement. Dr. Regarding fibromyalgia, Zühre Sarı Sürmeli said, “If the person is sensitive by nature, perfectionist and worries about the small things, the possibility of having fibromyalgia is increased. The possibility of having fibromyalgia in their family (mother, aunt) is more common.” said.
Emphasizing that people with fibromyalgia syndrome in their family (mother, aunt) are more likely to have the disorder, Sürmeli continued as follows:
“The pain perception function of the brain in people with fibromyalgia differs from that of normal people. Fibromyalgic people are very sensitive to pain and they feel the pain more than the current state. It was found that the levels of pain-transmitting chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brains of people with fibromyalgia increased. After a while, chronic pain memory develops, that is, the receptors that perceive the pain in the brain become sensitive and begin to respond to pain signals with an excessive increase. There is no disease or injury that causes pain in the joints or organs of people with fibromyalgia. However, their pain is real, not imaginary.
Regular exercise is also recommended in the treatment, in addition to medication.
Stating that Fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory rheumatic disease and does not cause permanent damage to joints and internal organs, Sürmeli said:
“It is not a condition that will cause permanent damage to the joints and internal organs. It can also be called as soft tissue rheumatism. The frequency of the presence of irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, tension headaches, depression, anxiety has increased with fibromyalgia. There are also complaints such as memory loss, clouding of the brain, lack of desire to do business, lack of desire to go out and socialize with friends, a constant lack of energy and fatigue, numbness in the hands and feet, frequent urination, burning in the urine, swelling in the intestine, gas, constipation. Patients say that their complaints increase in very hot, humid or very cold weather.The complaints show an increasing and decreasing course.In the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, of course, inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases that may cause the same complaints should be investigated and excluded. In addition to medications, regular exercise, especially outdoor activities, swimming, walking, cycling, meditation and relaxation exercises, yoga, socializing, taking care of hobbies, not being alone at home too much, and getting help with housework are among the suggestions.