Fibromyalgia predominantly affects women and is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people.
Fibromyalgia is characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain; other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some people also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
There is no cure as yet for fibromyalgia, but there are ways of managing the symptoms. Dr Peter Browne will be able to suggest treatments and therapies to tackle specific aspects of the condition.