Pediatric Fibromyalgia

Pediatric Fibromyalgia

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Summary

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which a child experiences problems with sleep, memory and mood, as well as generalized pain and fatigue.

Expanded overview

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes a child to experience chronic (ongoing), widespread musculoskeletal (muscles, tendons and joints) pain. Experts hypothesize that individuals with fibromyalgia experience pain due to the brain signals that translate pain sensations becoming amplified.

Fibromyalgia occurs in females more often than it occurs in males. Individuals with this condition oftentimes also experience other health issues, such as:

Causes

In some cases, fibromyalgia comes on slowly over time, with no single, definitive trigger event. In other cases, the condition may be triggered or exacerbated by a variety of events, including:

  • Infection
  • Physical trauma
  • Serious psychological stress
  • Surgery

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Constant, dull ache throughout or in many areas of the body that has lasted for at least three months
  • Difficulty paying attention, focusing or concentrating on mental tasks
  • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)

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