Pathophysiology: Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome Damika Green Pathophysiology August 16, 2010 Professor: Elizabeth Serbia South University Online Mrs. Oliver has pain and stiffness in the muscles and tendons of her shoulders, legs, and neck. She had osteoarthritis too. Her discomfort increases during stress. She is depressed. What may be the diagnosis? According to her symptoms she is suffering from Fibromyalgia. “Primary fibromyalgia syndrome is a group of disorders characterized by pain and stiffness affecting muscles, tendons, and surrounding soft tissues (not joints) (Gould 661). Fibromyalgia can be aggravated by sleep deprivation, stress, and fatigue. Aching pain is accompanied by marked fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depression; being that she is depress this can be the cause of her discomfort and pain.…show more content…
Nerve cells communicate with one another through neurotransmitters. Substance P is one such neurotransmitter. It is a protein found in the brain and spinal cord, and is associated with some inflammatory processes in the joints. Its function is to cause pain. Substance P has been implicated in pain syndromes such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. What are the other signs and symptoms? The main fibromyalgia signs and symptoms include deep muscle pain, painful tender points, and morning stiffness. Other major symptoms of fibromyalgia include sleep problems, fatigue, and anxiety. “Common symptoms of fibromyalgia -- also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS -- may include: *

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