Preschooler, Toddler

Fibromyalgia in Kids – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Fibromyalgia is one disease or illness that continues to cause a lot of debate among medical practitioners. For a start, there is serious disagreement in regard to its name. Medical practitioners have literally disagreed on the best name to apportion the illness. Secondly, there is disagreement among medical practitioners on whether it is a chronic health condition, a disorder or a syndrome.

However, medical practitioners are in agreement that it is an illness that affects kids and adults in the same measure with women more susceptible to the illness.

Fibromyalgia is a health condition whose main characteristic is chronic pain in body muscles, soft body tissues and in the joints. The pain fades away before returning, which makes it chronic pain.

Symptoms

Kids who develop fibromyalgia generally complain of pain that engulfs their body. This occurs when body muscles become painful. The pain can be mild or severe and often seems to be burning or throbbing pain.
Both kids and adults who develop Fibromyalgia also have areas they feel the pain to be tender and painful when pressed. The common areas of the body that do become tender include cheeks, elbows, shoulders, neck and hips among other areas.

Because the pain affects body muscles and soft tissues, most kids show signs of weakness, which is as a result of body fatigue. Indeed some physicians do confuse these symptoms with those presented by chronic fatigue syndrome because of the similarity.

In addition to above symptoms, both kids and adults who develop Fibromyalgia also experience the following symptoms:
• Highly irritable bowel movement
• Persistent headache
• Lack of sleep
• Occasional memory/concentration loss
• High level of irritability
• Increased anxiety
• Depression

It has been established that such external factors as cold weather, emotional stress and discomfort increase intensity and severance of Fibromyalgia.

Causes

There is serious disagreement among medical practitioners on what causes Fibromyalgia. This agreement stems from the fact that different kids and adults explain how they feel the associated pain differently. Medical practitioners therefore link occurrence of the disease or condition to how one’s brain reacts to such factors as stress.

Medical practitioners also believe that such factors as physical injury to the body and illness contribute to development of the disease/condition. Some physicians also believe that it is a hereditary disease/condition.

Treatment

There is no certain treatment for Fibromyalgia. Physicians normally recommend various tests aimed at ruling out any other disease/condition that presents similar symptoms as those presented by Fibromyalgia. Such tests usually revolve around ruling out juvenile idiopathic arthritis, thyroid disorder and infectious diseases. A physician do also perform physical examinations aimed at establishing whether or not a kid or adult has tender spots.

Depending on a physician’s findings, regular exercises, stress-relief techniques and healthy lifestyle can be recommended. A physician can also prescribe such medications as pain relievers, antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs to help in the management of resultant symptoms. Parents with kids suffering from the disease/condition do get advised to provide their kids with emotional support to help them cope with the condition.

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