Do you often experience mood swings? Or have difficulty sleeping? Or have you recently suffered from extensive pain in your muscles and bones? If you have these recurring discomforts, you may have what is referred to as fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia – what it is
Fibromyalgia isn’t well understood, but researchers suspect that the increased pain you are experiencing can be attributed to how your brain processes the pain. Your brain experiences repetitive nerve stimulation that produces higher levels of neurotransmitters – the parts of your brain that trigger pain. Researchers believe that your brain remembers the pain and develops a tolerance, so you overreact to the pain.
The condition can cause more symptoms than the pain that includes memory issues, mood changes, sleep problems, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
Fibromyalgia can have a genetic link, meaning you’re at a greater risk of having it if a family member has the condition. Certain genetic mutations can also increase your risk of fibromyalgia.
Infections can cause fibromyalgia. For example, Epstein-Barr – a human herpesvirus that can cause mononucleosis – is a possible cause. In addition, you can develop fibromyalgia from the pathogens responsible for the flu and pneumonia.
How Gender Affects Your Risk of Fibromylagia
If you’re a woman, your chances of developing fibromyalgia are higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that fibromyalgia is twice as common in women compared to men.
A 2012 health survey conducted by the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), showed that fibromyalgia was prevalent in 2.38 percent of women who participated in the survey compared to 1.06 percent of men.
Researchers have yet to identify why fibromyalgia is more common in women. A group of researchers in 2015conducted a study on the connection between premenstrual syndrome, painful menstruation, and fibromyalgia in an effort to link the condition with hormonal changes in women. The study concluded that women with this condition were more likely to experience frequent premenstrual symptoms as well as painful periods.
Other Factors That Affect Your Risk
Other factors that can make you at-risk of developing fibromyalgia are smoking, increasing age, obesity, trauma, and repetitive stress injuries.
If you suspect you have fibromyalgia, pain managers at Cedar Park are available from the compassionate pain management. These pain doctors in Austin, can evaluate you for fibromyalgia and coordinate treatment for you. These practitioners always take into consideration your risk factors as well as your desired treatment.
Contact us today for pain management of fibromyalgia and other similar conditions at Balcones Pain Consultants, serving Austin and the nearby Texas region, at 512-834-4141 or by using our appointment scheduling form. Our primary goal is to get you living with less pain!