Fibromyalgia syndrome

This is a kind of disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. With fibromyalgia syndrome, the following symptoms commonly occur together:


  • Anxiety or depression
  • Decreased pain threshold or tender points
  • Incapacitating fatigue
  • Widespread pain

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome are:

  • Swelling
  • Disturbances in deep-level or restful sleep
  • Mood disturbances
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic headaches
  • Fatigue upon arising
  • Incontinence
  • Stiffness, numbness


The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Some causes may be:

  • Stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Dopamine dysfunction
  • Abnormal serotonin metabolism
  • Deficient growth and hormone secretion
  • Psychological factors


The Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation offers a unique experience by combining clinical expertise with an integrated approach to treat fibromyalgia from medications to ease pain, fatigue, and sleep problems to physical therapy, relaxation modalities, and regular exercises.

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