Episode 46: Fibromyalgia

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Squeaky Wheel Productions’ Disability Series. Today’s topic is Fibromyalgia. What is fibromyalgia, what causes it, and how is it treated? We’ll learn the answers to each of these questions and more. Let’s get started! Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS, is a medical condition characterized by widespread bodily pain, and is often accompanied by various other symptoms. It can affect anyone at any age, but primarily affects women and individuals over the age of 30. According to the Center for Disease Control, fibromyalgia affects an estimated 2% of the adult population. Now let’s look at the causes of fibromyalgia. It is not entirely clear what causes fibromyalgia, but it is thought to be caused by a number of factors such as genetics, physical trauma, infection, and psychological stress.

Symptoms can also gradually develop overtime without a specific cause. It is believed that fibromyalgia develops following repeated nerve stimulation, which can lead to an increase in brain chemicals and the development of overly sensitive pain receptors. So, what are the symptoms of fibromyalgia? The main characteristic of fibromyalgia is widespread bodily pain. However, it is important to note that the condition affects everyone differently. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, Sleeping difficulties, and difficulty concentrating.

In addition, the disorder may also be present alongside other health conditions such as migraines or headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep apnea, depression, and anxiety. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose as the condition is often confused with other disorders. So what treatments are available for fibromyalgia? There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, but symptoms of the disorder can usually be managed with a variety of treatments and lifestyle changes such as medication, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and counselling. However, some treatments are more effective than others, and not all treatments work for all individuals. Well, that’s all for this week. Now I’d like to hear from you. Did anything surprise you in today’s video? Please let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this episode and want to see more videos like this one, then please subscribe to our YouTube channel, or support us on Patreon. To learn more about this week’s topic, be sure to check out this week’s vlog and the additional resources below. Thanks for watching and see you next week!