Everyone knows the basic definition of pain because they have likely experienced it at some time in their lives. Those who live with chronic pain, however, have a much deeper understanding of what it is like to deal with this difficult burden. Education, according to recognized pain management specialist Dr. Yusuf Mosuro, is always a good thing.

Many people who suffer from chronic pain are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a malady that just a few decades ago had no name and was only discussed in medical classes and among researchers. Nowadays, the term has come into the common language but is still quite misunderstood. Except for those who have it, and the medical specialists who treat them, fibromyalgia is something of a mysterious term and illness, according to Dr. Yusuf Mosuro.

In its most common manifestation, fibromyalgia appears as a feeling of tenderness and generalized pain all over the body, or in many different areas. The disorder itself is thought to directly cause fatigue and muscle soreness and pain, Dr. Yusuf Mosuro points out. He notes that common fibromyalgia symptoms can include numb hands and feet, difficulty sleeping, painful headaches, memory problems, especially painful periods for women, as well as morning soreness and stiffness.

It often happens, Dr. Yusuf Mosuro says, that a person can suffer from more than one chronic pain condition concurrently. Medical researchers are unsure whether or not the various chronic pain disorders arise from the same cause. As for fibromyalgia specifically, Dr. Yusuf Mosuro says that the cause is still a big question mark for medical experts. Dr. Mosuro himself is an expert in pain management and often treats patients who suffer from one or more chronic pain disorders.

One intriguing aspect of the current research about fibromyalgia, Dr. Yusuf Mosuro says, is that some groups of people tend to suffer from it more frequently, namely those who also have rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis or lupus. Some researchers think that the disorder may be transferred genetically from parents to their children.

Treating fibromyalgia is a challenge because its cause is not known, it can be quite painful for some who have it, and different patients respond differently to various treatment techniques. Dr. Yusuf Mosuro says that those who suffer from fibromyalgia are usually advised to get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Much research is still being done on fibromyalgia, but nondrug therapies have been shown to be helpful for some sufferers.