The clinical definition of Fibromyalgia is as follows:
Fibromyalgia is called a 'benign' condition. It causes no known damage to muscles or connective tissue. It is also associated with sometimes delilitating conditions such as arthritis, or lupus. Fatigue and widespread pain in areas around
the neck shoulders, the full back and hips.
Doctors have finally recognized the fibromyalgia is a real condition with many symptoms. The primary symptoms are:
fatigue and poor sleep
There are many, many other symptoms that can be a ssociated with fibromyalgia such as mental confussion, irritable bowel syndrom and depression. The list of other symptoms is very long.
I have had aches and pains since I was about 18 or so. I didn't think much of it until after I had my son and it started to get a bit worse.
My doctor finally saw that the pain was something more and sent me off to a different doctor. He finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
I called my sister who was a nurse at the time and she said "Oh, so you have 'hypochondriac's disease'." I have to admit that I got just a wee bit upset with her. lol I am not a hypochondriac and the pain was very real.
I decided to buy some books and learn more about fibromyalgia. Everything I read was exactly what I was going through.
I was excited because what I had was real, other people had it and there were ways to help myself feel better!