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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that has no cure and no clearly defined cause. A popular theory is that pain signals within the brain of fibromyalgia sufferers have become over sensitive, central sensitisation, causing a hypersensitivity to the world and an inability to shut off from external stimuli. It is also believed that elevated levels of substance P that surrounds the brain and spinal cords could be a contributing factor.
Fibromyalgia is diagnosed through a doctors examination of patient sensitivity to the stimulation of specific pressure points. Fibromyalgia is often not an overly 'visible' illness and it can be very difficult for family members and friends to appreciate the amount of pain that a simple handshake or hug can cause. As well as severe pain fibromyalgia can cause low mood due to the inevitable pain caused by general day to day activities.
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