Peo­ple can deal with fi­bromyal­gia pain

Friday - - HEALTH -

Peo­ple with fi­bromyal­gia feel pain all over the body even when they are not ill or in­jured. ‘Fi­bromyal­gia af­fects around seven times as many women as men,’ says Dr Suha Al­houbi, spe­cial­ist ob­ste­tri­cian & gy­ne­col­o­gist at Med­care Med­i­cal Cen­ter - Al Rashidiya. ‘The ex­act cause is un­known, but it’s re­lated to ab­nor­mal lev­els of cer­tain chem­i­cals in the brain and changes in the way the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem pro­cesses pain mes­sages.’ Peo­ple with fi­bromyal­gia have in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity to pain, mus­cle stiff­ness, fa­tigue (ex­treme tired­ness), dif­fi­culty sleep­ing, and prob­lems with men­tal pro­cesses, mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion, headaches and ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome (IBS). Treat­ments in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of med­i­ca­tion and ther­a­pies such as cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy (CBT), coun­selling and life­style changes. The doc­tor sug­gests not ig­nor­ing any symp­tom of the con­di­tion.

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