Understanding Fibromyalgia


In a previous blog, we discussed the truth about fibromyalgia. Many people who live with fibromyalgia may not even know they have it until it is diagnosed, since it portrays itself as a collection of symptoms rather than a disease.


Fibromyalgia is a physiological condition that is commonly accompanied by chronic pain, fatigue, changes in mood, or irregular sleep patterns. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have not been diagnosed with an alternative condition, you may be living with fibromyalgia. Contact Hands-On Physical Therapy today to learn more and find out how we can help.


Do I have fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia can affect anyone; however, it is much more common for women to develop this condition than men. In fact, the National Institutes of Health states that between 80-90% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women.


The average age of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia is 35-45, but it is possible for it to develop at any adult age. 4 million Americans, aged 18 and older live with fibromyalgia.


The exact causes of fibromyalgia are still unclear, although some medical experts believe it may be caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system – the part of your body that elicits “fight or flight” responses. This theory makes sense, as people tend to develop their first symptoms of fibromyalgia after experiencing a physically or emotionally traumatic event, though it has never been scientifically proven.


It is common for fibromyalgia to first present itself as recurring periods of anxiety, intense stress, or depression. Other symptoms tend to build over time. These may include:


  • Chronic and/or sharp muscle pains.
  • Fatigue.
  • Tender areas of the body.
  • Disrupted sleep cycles/irregular sleep schedules.
  • Fluctuations in mood.
  • Forgetfulness or disorientation.
  • Sensitivity to touch/numbness.
  • Nausea.


If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the past, it is more common for you to develop it. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, you are not alone. At Hands-On Physical Therapy, we’ll treat your symptoms accordingly so you can get back to living life on your own terms.


Contact Hands-On Physical Therapy for relief:

Treatment for fibromyalgia in Queens, NY is limited. Contact our office located at 3244 31st Street in Astoria, NY, today to schedule an appointment. With our targeted methods and individualized treatment plans, we can provide the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Don’t let fibromyalgia control your life – reclaim it by contacting Hands-On Physical Therapy today.

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