Healthy Living

Possible Link Between Fibromyalgia and PTSD

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a very common medical condition which can be described as chronic pain all over the body and very a high pain response to pressure. In short, a simple touching sensation can lead to intense pain. Unfortunately, pain isn’t the only problem in people suffering from fibromyalgia. Usually these people suffer from a constant feeling of fatigue, have sleeping disorders, or impaired memory due to a lack of sleep. Besides that, sensitivity issues might be present, as well as mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Simply stated, FM is a condition in which the muscles and soft tissues are affected. Since our bodies are composed of those structures, pain is generalized all over the body rather than in any specific painful spot or region – pain can be anywhere.

This condition is common in the adult population with women having higher chances of being affected. Majority of patients suffering from FM are middle-aged. It is speculated that between 5 and 10 million Americans are affected, with 80% of FM patients being women.