0339 GMT February 24, 2020
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, according to the National Health Service (NHS), express.co.uk reported.
The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but it may be linked to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain.
Changes to the central nervous system may also be instigating the painful condition.
Fibromyalgia symptoms often include muscle stiffness and a heightened sensitivity to pain.
But, which other health conditions could be linked to fibromyalgia?
“Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain disorders,” said medical website EverydayHealth.
“Although fibromyalgia can occur in anyone, it's more common in women.
“Between 75 and 90 per cent of people diagnosed with the disorder are women.
“Having certain other medical conditions may be another risk factor for fibromyalgia.
“In many cases, it isn’t clear whether these conditions might trigger the onset of fibromyalgia, or whether they are instead an effect of fibromyalgia — or whether both conditions are due to some other underlying cause.”
Fibromyalgia patients often also have chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and Lyme disease, the medical website claimed.
Some patients also have restless legs syndrome — a condition which causes unpleasant sensations in the legs, causing involuntary limb movements.
Rheumatoid arthritis could also be linked to fibromyalgia.
The arthritis is an auto-immune condition, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks joints.
There’s currently no cure for fibromyalgia, but some treatments may help to relieve symptoms.
Painkillers and antidepressants may be prescribed by your GP.
Some therapies could help you to cope during flare ups, including cognitive behavioral therapy and counselling.
You could also reduce fibromyalgia pain by doing plenty of regular exercise, the NHS said.
See a GP if you’re worried about the symptoms of fibromyalgia.