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[Source: WSCOTV.com] - Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic pain and tenderness. The pain is typically widespread, varying in intensity and can’t be linked to any other cause. Often the symptoms are described as deep, stabbing, throbbing, burning or aching. Sometimes the touch of clothing can set off pain.
Fatigue is another common symptom of fibromyalgia. The fatigue can be severe and debilitating, limiting the ability of patients to complete daily tasks or hold a job. Pain and fatigue often cause sleep problems, especially interfering with the quality of sleep. Some other common signs of fibromyalgia include: frequent headaches, trouble with concentration or memory, irritable bowel, bladder problems, depression, anxiety, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, vision problems, and ringing in the ears.
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, the condition affects about 10 million people in the U.S. Women are affected about seven times more often than men. Although fibromyalgia is most commonly diagnosed during middle age, it can occur in children.
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