Instructions Pick a disease of the musculoskeletal system (fibromyalgia). You can select one we talked about in our lecture or lab or one referenced in our assignments. You can also choose the one you are familiar with or curious about that we did not discuss in class. Take some time to read up on the […]
Fibromyalgia is a health disorder characterized by widespread pain in bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments accompanied by insomnia, extreme fatigue, memory issues, and emotional instability. The condition affects how a victim’s neuro system detects and processes painful and non-painful signals in the body to cause abnormal pain perception processing. Symptoms may begin after events like physical trauma and surgery or gradually accumulate over time without a triggering event. In the early stage, the condition is characterized by a persistent dull ache in the musculoskeletal organs, difficulties falling asleep, and tingling or numbness in hands and feet (Casale 105). It is also characterized by a deep penetrating pain in joints and muscles that extends to the bones. In a severe state, the condition causes victims to experience signs of depression and anxiety, such as irregular cognitive function and problems with thinking, remembering, and concentrating. Some patients also complain of irregularities in their digestive systems, including abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is considered to be an anxiety-related disorder that interferes with a person’s neuro and cognitive functions. The condition involves abnormal functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to cause irregular interactions between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands (Rudin 693). As a result, the victim’s body loses its capacity to suppress cortisol, leading to excessive consumption of glucose in the brain to cause harmful implications in the neuro system. Moreover, the condition causes irregularities in the Haversian system, making it hard for nerve fibres throughout the bone to communicate with osteocytes. Although the condition is not passed from parents to children, studies have found that it clusters among families. An individual who comes from a family that has had a case of Fibromyalgia is more likely to contract the disease than those in families in which no one has the condition. Even though no permanent cure for Fibromyalgia has been confirmed, the condition is managed by administering certain medications, lifestyle changes, and various natural remedies.
I found the health condition’s ability to cause complications in major organ systems to be fascinating. The disease affects the normal functioning of the nervous system, neuro organs, digestive system, and respiratory mechanics. It is, therefore, capable of causing severe implications on the victim’s psychological, physical, and emotional health, which makes it a novel health condition.
Casale, Roberto, et al. “Fibromyalgia and the concept of resilience.” Clin Exp Rheumatol, vol. 37, no. 116, 2019, pp. 105-113. https://www.clinexprheumatol.org/article.asp?a=13915
Rudin, Nathan J. “Fibromyalgia.” Pain. Springer, Cham, 2019. 693-697. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-99124-5_148
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