The Atlanta Center for Medical Research is currently seeking adult volunteers to participate in a clinical study of fibromyalgia.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. Although fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it’s not truly a form of arthritis because it doesn’t cause damage to the joints, muscles, or tissues. Like arthritis, however, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, which could interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities.
In addition to pain and fatigue, symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Morning stiffness
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful menstrual periods
- Numbness or tingling of the extremities
- Restless leg syndrome
- Temperature sensitivity
- Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights
Research shows fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older and for unknown reasons, between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed are women. The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, but there is medication that can help along with living a healthy lifestyle. Ongoing research will help health care providers better understand how to treat those affected with fibromyalgia.