What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a condition that causes pain across the body. Those suffering from Fibromyalgia often suffer from fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and increased sensitivity to pain.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

The cause of this long-term condition is unknown but is thought to be linked to altered levels of certain chemicals in the brain and muscles, changing the way the central nervous system processes pain messages to the body. Some people are likely to develop FMS through genes inherited from their parents, or triggered by a physical or emotionally stressful event, with adults between the age of 30 and 50 more at risk.

What treatments are available?

Fibromyalgia at present has no current cure, yet treatments are available to help ease the condition and make the pain easier to live with. Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapies, counselling and simple lifestyle changes such as relaxation are recommended. Other treatments include a balanced use of medications and injection therapies, speak to our specialists at Pain Management Wales if you would like to learn more.