Signs and Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown origin, usually affecting middle-aged women that may result in a variety of muscle, joint and sleep issues.

Though the exact cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be determined, many researchers and medical practitioners believe the disorder is a response to physical or emotional stress. There is also a strong psychological component to the disorder, as those who experience muscle, joint and sleep symptoms typical of fibromyalgia also exhibit brain activity that accompanies stress, depression, and anxiety.

Because so little is known about fibromyalgia, little is known about treatment options. Physical therapy and diet changes, along with medications to treat the painful symptoms it causes, have been known to alleviate its effects. Whole, natural foods can help, though many of these foods can be taxing on the digestive system.

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