Fibromyalgia mostly affects women, although men can also develop the condition. It tends to develop during middle adulthood and affects about two to eight per cent of the population. The most common symptoms are nerve pain, chronic muscle pain, lowered pain threshold and tenderness but the condition is variable in severity and there are other symptoms that can be manifest. These can include muscle spasms, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling, chronic headaches, vision problems and sensitivity to noise, lights, pressure or temperature. Related problems can include extreme fatigue, sleep disorders, problems with memory and concentration and depression.
Pain can be localised to certain areas of the body in some of those affected but in others it can be quite widespread. The pain can …..