Fibromyalgia Treatment Program Study

Fibromyalgia Syndrome

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscle, ligaments and tendons – the fibrous tissues in the body. Syndrome means a set of symptoms that occur together. FMS affects 3 to 6 million Americans, and is more common in women than men. Because the pain and symptoms of FMS are not visible, it may be under-diagnosed.

Often those who suffer from fibromyalgia describe generalized achiness and soreness in many areas of the body. Certain parts of the body can be more painful and the pain may move around. The pain can vary from day to day. The morning may be worse for many because of stiffness and poor sleep. The pain may be aggravated by various activities, emotional stress, and environmental stress. Some people may experience only mild discomfort while for others it may be completely disabling. Physical examination usually shows increased pain sensitivity in various locations.

 What is the Cause of Fibromyalgia?

The exact cause is currently unknown. The onset of FMS may follow an illness like the flu, a traumatic incident like an automobile accident or fall, or severe emotional stress. Abnormal brain chemistry levels may be present in FMS, although the cause of the abnormalities is not well understood. Because of the greater prevalence of FMS in women, the role of sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, is of considerable interest. However, at this time, very little is know about how sex hormones may influence pain and other symptoms of FMS.

 Other Symptoms

Fatigue is a major problem that can fluctuate in severity just like the pain. Over 90% of people with FMS complain of chronic fatigue and decreased endurance for physical activities. Poor sleep is another common problem reported by many fibromyalgia sufferers.

Other reported symptoms are: morning stiffness, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, frequent headaches (migraine and tension-type), irritable bowel syndrome, sensitivity to cold temperatures, facial pain such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and changes in mood such as depression and anxiety. Some people also report problems in concentration and memory and express a sense of “mental fogginess.”

 How Can You Help in Understanding the Factors that May be Linked to FMS?

Researchers from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah are seeking individuals who are interested in participating in our Fibromyalgia Research Studies. If you are interested in participating in one of our Fibromyalgia research projects, please click on one of the links below.

 Symptom Monitoring and Sensory Sensitivity Project:

The purpose of this research project is to investigate how sensitivity to pain and symptoms vary across time in women with fibromyalgia. We are particularly interested in how sex hormones affect sensory and stress experiences in people who have fibromyalgia. The results of this study will help improve our understanding of the relationship between sensory sensitivity, female hormones and fibromyalgia. Better understanding of the underlying causes and conditions may help us develop optimal intervention options for people suffering from this debilitating pain disorder. Please click to see if you are a candidate for participation in this study.




 Treatment Program for Fibromyalgia:

The purpose of this research project is to investigate the efficacy of various non pharmaceutical methods for treating fibromyalgia. We are interested in which method will have the greatest response in conjunction with physical therapy. Please click to see if you are a candidate for participation in this study.



1 comment so far

  1. haileyharris on

    I just want to give additional helpful information for all fibromyalgia sufferers.

    Fibromyalgia is a condition where you feel chronic pain in certain parts of your body; it is a muscular pain especially around the joints. There can also be centralized pain felt in the spinal chord, brain, neck shoulders etc. People with fibromyalgia generally complain of pain in the joints, but it actually is the muscles and the tendons around it that cause the pain, it can be excruciating sometimes and can be a continuous throbbing pain. People suffering from Fibromyalgia also show symptoms of depression, sleeplessness, irritable bowel syndrome, stress and many others, which are caused due to the pain.

    Finally here’s Rid Fibromyalgia that provides a simple process to helps you eliminate all your symptoms of fibromyalgia and enjoy living your life again. This will provides us the best and most effective solutions on how to rid ourselves from pain.

    The Rid Fibromyalgia provides an eBook entitled “Heal the Body” that will teach you the best diet that will allow you to eat your way to wellness, it will also document which vitamins and supplements will target and reverse the illness, how to achieve pain relief through acupuncture, what exercises are safe and will work, and what type of medications may make you sicker, and what will work. This eBook takes a step by step approach in showing you how to rid yourself of the pain naturally so that you can take back your life.

    We must know the symptoms of this illness. For us to know what would be the approach we will going to apply. Here’s Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and steps to treat it naturally.

    We must also be responsible and aware to the things to gain and cope up with this kind of illness. Eating nutritious food with regular exercise would be result to a better life. Here’s Basic Tips in Coping Fibromyalgia.

    If we say Fibromyalgia Diet, there is no specific recommended diet for fibromyalgia. But a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can certainly help in coping with the illness. Magnesium rich vegetables are recommended for patient’s suffering from fibromyalgia. Here’s some information for you to help in Fibromyalgia Diet.

    We must also think that vitamins are important for Fibromyalgia sufferers. This will give us additional energy and strength to kept a healthy living. But of course, you must be aware that not all vitamins are effective or directly gives you a good result. Find the best vitamins that would easily give a good response if your taking it. The best thing is your healed and keep your body healthy as possible. Here’s The Benefit of Vitamins for us to know why vitamins are important for fibromyalgia sufferers.

    Also feel free to view this video Fibromyalgia Help. It really gives good information for those who have Fibromyalgia and encourage not to give up because in every pain your getting through has a good solution in the end

    Here’s Rid Fibromyalgia, For free info and helpful articles on fighting fibromyalgia.

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