Fibromyalgia is a disorder which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. There is evidence that Fibromyalgia affects the way your brain actually processes pain signals, which causes pain sensations to be amplified significantly.
The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not known, however it is believed there is a psychological and neurological overlap. Fibromyalgia often can be found in individuals with psychological conditions such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is more common in women than men.
Due to the unknown nature to the exact causes of fibromyalgia, insurers often deny disability claims caused by fibromyalgia; however this doesn’t mean they are entitled to do so.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Heightened pain responses
- General fatigue
- Sleep disturbance
- Joint stiffness
- Decreased cognitive functioning