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Fibromyalgia: a silence killer

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief. Photo Credit: David Cross

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which the person feels pain throughout the body for long periods, with tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Not so familiar for the vast audience, the disease was brought to light for the singer Lady Gaga, who is dealing with it for five years.

For the past two years, the pop star has cancelled several concerts and has invested in alternative treatments to relieve the pain. She spoke about her condition in the documentary about her life “Gaga: Five Foot Two”.


Difficult to diagnose, this syndrome is directly linked to fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches, depression and anxiety. Researchers believe Fibromyalgia is caused by a lack of control of how the brain processes pain signals.

The causes of this condition are still unknown, but some factors are always associated with it, such as genetic issues and even virus infections, autoimmune diseases, sleep disorders, sedentary lifestyle, anxiety and depression.

Some of the most common symptoms are: generalized pain for the whole body; fatigue, cognitive difficulties; recurrent headache or classic migraine, pelvic pain and abdominal pain without an identified cause (Irritable bowel syndrome); memory and concentration problems; numbness and tingling in the hands and feet; palpitations; and reduced ability to exercise.

Doctors recommend seeking specialised help at the slightest sign of any of these symptoms.

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