What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?


Fibromyalgia syndrome is a cognitive disorder that affects the central nervous system. This is a disease and there is no cure. This disease is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, depression, fibro fog, and fibro flares.

Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. The entire nervous system becomes oversensitive to everything around us! Reacting to this unpleasant stimulus, known as “noxious stimuli” is what a person with fibro feels. Lights are too bright, smells are overpowering, noises are too irritating, heat is too hot, cold is too cold, and touch is too painful.  {Happy Birthday Fibromyalgia…?  }

Chronic fatigue felt by a person with fibromyalgia is never ending, even after a full nights sleep. Energy is fleeting. This is not just being tired and taking a nap to refresh yourself. It doesn’t matter how much sleep a person with fibromyalgia gets, exhaustion is felt throughout the day. Many individuals have sleep disorders that prevent them from obtaining a deep sleep, this adds to the exhaustion already experienced by the individual with fibromyalgia. {Should I Leave the Spoon Theory Behind? }

Depression is common in people with fibromyalgia. It was found that a person with Fibromyalgia has lowered Dopamine level production  {Dopamine and the Fibro Brain.} thus their sense of well-being is low. Living with pain and fatigue day-to-day will also cause depression.

Fibro fog is a cognitive disorder. This is not like just forgetting someone’s name or where you put your keys, this is a dysfunction that occurs in the brain. {Welcome to Fibro for a Day!  }

A Fibro flare is a tempory increase in pain and/or symptoms of fibromyalgia. This occurs when we over-do things, expending our energy, and at other times for no reason. This will pass but you will experience flares throughout the entire time you have this disease. {Fibromyalgia Flare! Again. }

There is a full list of fibromyalgia symptoms listed on this site’s menu, I have only covered the very basic ones. {Fibromyalgia Symptoms }