Fibromyalgia has many victims. It is estimated that between six and eight million people suffer from this condition, which is a chronic and widespread musculoskeletal disorder, according to Caringmedical.com. Fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain and fatigue, are unable to sleep, have numerous tender points in their body that are painful to the touch and that are frequently located in the hips, spine, shoulders and beck. The knees can also be affected by this syndrome
When fibromyalgia pain strikes the knee, it may be the result of referred pain that is emanating from trigger points in the hip, thighs or back. The trigger is a contracted knot in a muscle and it pulls the muscle, putting pressure on connecting tissues. These knots can be as small as a pea or as large as a thumb. The knots are sometimes buried deeply in the muscle and may be hard to find. Referred joint pain can be every bit as excruciating as an injury from an injured joint.
The Invisible Illness
Fibromyalgia is sometimes referred to as the “invisible illness.” It causes widespread misery for an individual, including tenderness of muscles, tendons and joints, pain, stiffness, fatigue, depression anxiety and restless sleep, according to Organizedwisdom.com. If this condition is evident in your knees, it may feel as though your knees are going to shatter. You may find bending and squatting to be increasingly difficult due to stiffness and pain in your knees. Walking may become difficult.
Fibromyalgia remains something of a mystery. Medical researchers aren’t completely certain what causes it or why women are more likely to be affected than men. It is thought that the trigger points are the cause of this condition and also the cause of joint deterioration in the knees and elsewhere. When a muscle consists of these trigger points, the muscles become short and stiff. Muscle attaches to joints so even normal movement puts excessive strain on the muscle attachments. This can cause connective tissue damage as well as distortion of the joints.
Weather, Time of Day, Physical Activities
If you have fibromyalgia, your over-all physical condition, including your knees, may be affected by the weather. Cold, rainy weather is apt to make you stiffer and ache more whereas dry, hot weather may ease your suffering. Physical activity, stress, and even the time of day can have a bearing on your symptoms, according to Revolutionhealth.com.
Press On It
If your knee hurts when you press on it, this is an indication that you may have fibromyalgia, particularly if the tender point is on the inside of the knee. Fibromyalgia is considered widespread when you are suffering pain above and below the waist and on both sides of your body. If one knee hurts, it is more than likely that both knees are going to.
If you have fibromyalgia, you may also have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, restless leg syndrome, headaches, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus and endometriosis.
Currently, the most recommended treatment for fibromyalgia knee pain, and all other pain that is caused by this condition, is acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen can be used, as can aspirin. Some physicians may recommend a muscle relaxant or an anti-depressant to treat your pain. Lyrica was approved in 2007 by the FDA for treatment of this condition.