Submitted by edu on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 13:06
Fibromyalgia is a disorder produced in our sensory system that causes persistent pain in different parts of our body, such as the cervical and lumbar zones, back, hips, joints, other extremities, or head zones. It is often accompanied by fatigue or exhaustion without having carried out any physical effort. Also, it causes sleep disturbances.
Fibromyalgia, the disease recognized by the World Health Organization in 1992 (ICD-10: code M79.0) and classified by the International Association for the Study of the Pain (I.A.S.P.) in 1994 with the code X33.X8a, represents one of the most wide-spread situations connected with chronic pain and one of the most acute medical problems in the developing countries.
That’s why it does matter how to treat a chronic process with a high prevalence, which amounts up to average of 2.4% of the Spanish population (4.3% for women and 0.8% for men) and greatly affects a quality of life, especially in the areas of physical function, intellectual activity, emotional state, and sleeping quality, which influences in the determinant form the work capacity as well as social and family roles.
Thus, a significant number of people with Fibromyalgia coming for medical consultation present a syndrome of incapacitating chronic pain with intense affectation of the quality of life, which carries to the partial or complete loss of the labor activity in an approximate percentage between the 25% and 50% of the patients, according to various studies carried out in different countries of the world.