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An Overview Of Fibromyalgia

October 12, 2015 in Fibromyalgia

An Overview of Fibromyalgia

Whether your chronic back pain is a recent development or something you've been struggling with for many years, dealing with this condition every day can certainly be draining. In addition to seeking alternative forms of treatment, arming yourself with knowledge of your condition can be one of the best ways to work toward relief. With time, patience and an open mind, you can be on your way toward improving your condition.

Chronic back pain can take on many forms, one of which is known as fibromyalgia. Unlike specific back or neck pain caused by stress, strain or injury, fibromyalgia is a widespread physical disorder that can affect various parts of the body. Here's some introductory information on this health condition to help you better understand the source of your pain.

Introduction to fibromyalgia

According to the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, fibromyalgia is a term derived from the Latin "fibro" for fibrous tissue and the Greek words "myo" and "algia," which refer to muscle and pain, respectively. This chronic pain condition is related to arthritis and joint issues, though it does not lead to inflammation. However, fibromyalgia syndrome does share arthritis' symptoms of causing pain in the soft tissues of the body.

A 2008 study by the National Arthritis Data Workgroup estimated that there are approximately 5 million American adults currently living with fibromyalgia. While this condition can impact people of all ages, sexes and cultural backgrounds, the majority of cases have been linked to women. In fact, between 80 and 90 percent of fibromyalgia diagnoses involve adult females, usually appearing in early adulthood. 

The source also notes that individuals who are living with physical impairments, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Hereditary predispositions and biological factors can also play a part in increased risk.

Symptoms of the condition

Fibromyalgia syndrome can cause a variety of aches and pains throughout the musculoskeletal structures of the body, notes the Mayo Clinic. While back and neck pains are commonly reported symptoms, there can be discomfort in the legs, chest, elbows, hips, knees and thighs as well. Unlike localized sources of pain, this condition typically involves both sides of the body.

The most consistent type of pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients is a constant dull ache in the muscles and joints. However, people with this physical ailment also experience numerous tender points throughout the body that can be extremely sensitive to pressure.

In addition to widespread pain and discomfort, fibromyalgia patients usually have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. This sleeplessness can be combined with restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea, making bedtime an incredibly troubled period for individuals with the condition.

Due to decreased energy levels and general fatigue caused by poor sleep, those with fibromyalgia can be at greater risk of developing issues like stress, anxiety, frequent headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis.

Financial and emotional impact of fibromyalgia

Health experts continue to struggle to understand the exact causes that can lead to fibromyalgia, it's clear that this condition has a major impact on the quality of life and financial state of patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those living with fibromyalgia are likely to visit the hospital at least once every three years. Furthermore, there are nearly 5.5 million ambulance calls annually related to this health condition.

The cost of specific treatment for fibromyalgia can total between $3,400 and $3,600 every year, with surrounding expenses and loss of revenue bringing this number up to $5,945 annually.

When surveying patients living with the condition about their quality of life, many people reported that fibromyalgia had been a major burden on their health and happiness. On seven out of eight studies on health quality, fibromyalgia patients consistently scored the lowest of people with chronic pain. Additionally, depression is 3.4 times more prevalent for those with the health issue than those who are otherwise healthy.

Seeking treatment

While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, there are ways to relieve the pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. It's certainly helpful to speak with a primary care physician about your chronic pain, but you may be hesitant to start taking powerful prescription pain medications as treatment. These drugs can be highly addictive and cause adverse health complications for certain individuals.

If you're looking for a different way to address your back or neck pain, consider the holistic benefits of Dr. Ho's Pain Relief System, which is a TENS machine that is clinically proven to decrease muscle tension, and improve blood and nerve circulation. When the body is in pain, muscles become tense, which leads to more pain. Therefore, it is important to decrease muscle tension to help with relieving pain.

Furthermore, TENS units relieve pain by distracting the nerves from sending pain signals while triggering the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Most importantly, Dr. Ho's TENS system is non-invasive and does not impact any medication you may be taking, and is a treatment that you can apply on your own in the comfort of your home, or even on the go.


Visit Dr-HO'S Fibromyalgia page to learn more about the condition.

  • Loni Cooper

    May 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    I just saw Dr. HO's infomercial about $200 system.....and when I went to www address, it says nothing about it?

    What is going on?

    Would appreciate a quick response. Thank-you

    Ms Lonijean Cooper
    • DR-HO'S

      May 16, 2016 at 10:16 am
      Hi Lonijean,
      Thank you for your inquiry! You should be able to find information on our Pain Therapy System via the Pain Relief tab on our website, or simply by clicking here. If you have further questions, or would like to place your order by phone, please give us a call at 1-877-374-6669. Thank you!

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