Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, and tenderness all over your body. It affects three to six percent of the population, but the majority of those who are suffering are women.
Unfortunately, many conventional doctors still don't think the condition is real.
Fibromyalgia isn't imaginary, but it may be mistaken for other underlying causes with similar symptoms, such as depression, thyroid disorders or arthritis.
Given the similarities between fibromyalgia symptoms and other health conditions, your doctor might be hesitant in diagnosing you with fibromyalgia. However, as always, it's important for you to talk openly with your doctor and advocate for your own health.
What are some of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia?
These symptoms can vary depending on the person, but usually if you have fibromyalgia, you experience chronic muscle pain, decreased energy, fatigue, stiffness, and insomnia.
When should you consider seeing your doctor?
If you're having chronic pain or fatigue that's lasting more than two to three weeks, you should set up an appointment. Since fibromyalgia has similar symptoms to many other health issues, it's important that you list everything you have been experiencing so your doctor can give a better diagnosis.
If you find your doctor isn't listening or helping you to the fullest, you can use this website to find other doctors: American Board of Integrative Medicine.
What else do you need to know about fibromyalgia?
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum joins Dr. Mike to discuss fibromyalgia, why your symptoms might be overlooked, and why it's important for you to advocate your own health.