You’ve been experiencing chronic pain for months now, maybe even years. Your muscles and joints are constantly wracked with pain. You can’t figure out why you’re always tired and weak. Even after several visits, you and your doctor are still unable to pinpoint your exact problem. You don’t know where to turn next; you feel helpless.
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that affects the muscles and soft tissue. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans suffering with this disorder are commonly misdiagnosed. Since fibromyalgia is so misunderstood, not much is known about how to properly treat it. This leaves its sufferers feeling alone or helpless. However, thanks to continued research, more information is coming out on how to better deal with fibromyalgia pain every day.
If you believe that you have fibromyalgia just remember, you are not alone. Approximately 10 million Americans deal with fibromyalgia, with a ratio of about 8 to 2, women over men.
This list can act as as a guide in helping you determine whether or not to start a conversation about this disorder with your doctor.
Signs of Fibromyalgia
Pain and Tenderness
The pain can be deep, sharp, dull, throbbing, or aching. You feel it in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joints.
You feel tired, even when you know you’re getting a good night’s sleep.
People who suffer with fibromyalgia may experience problems sleeping.
Anxiety and depression is often reported from patients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
An estimated 2 out of 5 people with fibromyalgia also get migraine or tension headaches regularly.
Research continues to improve fibromyalgia pharmaceuticals and discover more about the causes and effects of fibromyalgia. Participating in clinical trials like the ones conducted by Lehigh Center can help advance technologies and help sufferers achieve better results with their treatment options.
About Lehigh Center
The Lehigh Center is the largest independently run research facility in the Lehigh Valley. Our qualified physicians conduct clinical trials to evaluate investigational treatments for specific diseases, including fibromyalgia. If you are interested in leaning more about our current studies, please click the link below.