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A mixture of medication, non-drug therapies can help treat fibromyalgia.

Summary: DUBAI - Fibromyalgia a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness is often misunderstood and even unrecognised by patients and some doctors.

DUBAI - Fibromyalgia a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness is often misunderstood and even unrecognised by patients and some doctors.

Dr Adnan Abdulwahid, Rheumatologist, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah said that fibromyalgia is defined by chronic widespread muscular pain and symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive and memory problems, and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Applying the label of 'fibromyalgia' to the syndrome of widespread pain without attempting to identify an underlying pathophysiological process makes treatment of patients with this symptom more difficult, he said. Because of these vague symptoms, fibromyalgia is often either misdiagnosed or unrecognised, he said. The causes of fibromyalgia may be different in different people. However, it is very likely that there are certain types of genes that can predispose people to developing fibromyalgia and other co-occurring conditions.

"Genes alone do not, however, cause fibromyalgia. There is usually some triggering factor, such as spine disorders, arthritis, trauma, and other types of physical stressors and emotional stressors."

Because fibromyalgia can cause chronic pain and fatigue similar to arthritis, it may be thought of as a rheumatic condition. As a result, it is often the rheumatologist who makes the diagnosis (and rules out other rheumatic diseases) and gives the proper treatment.

Patients with fibromyalgia typically have fatigue, wake up tired, and have bladder problems and numbness or tingling. - Fibromyalgia must be managed as a chronic condition. Management should include both medication and non-drug treatments, said the doctor. Research suggests that yoga intervention has led to a beneficial shift in how patients cope with pain, including greater use of adaptive pain-coping strategies.--news@khaleejtimes.com

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