Fibromyalgia is a condition which causes painful muscles and joints throughout the body. It is not fully understood what causes fibromyalgia, but it is thought that sleep disturbance, physical or mental trauma and psychological factors (such as anxiety or depression) may play a part. Fibromyalgia is not caused by inflammation in the body, rather it is thought that the nerves become more sensitive, causing things that shouldn’t be painful to send pain messages to the brain.
Fibromyalgia does not benefit from excessive rest and you should aim to remain as active as possible. Gradually building up your exercise tolerance, changing your sleep habits and slowly returning to your normal activities can help to improve the condition. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (a talking therapy) can also be helpful in managing your symptoms. For more information about fibromyalgia, please visit the Arthritis Research UK website.