Just like adults, children can also develop fibromyalgia. Obtaining a diagnosis of fibromyalgia for an adult is difficult, but for a child it can be much more difficult and frustrating.
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To date, approximately 7% of children have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia with many of them being between the ages of 13 and 15. And just as women are more likely to have fibromyalgia, so are girls rather than boys.
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Here is some information regarding fibromyalgia in children including symptoms, diagnosis criteria, and treatment.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia in children?
The symptoms for children are similar to those in adults:
- tender points
- widespread muscle or chronic pains
- irritable bowel syndrome
- sensory sensitivities
- trouble sleeping
- difficulty remembering
- frequent ‘growing pains’ in legs at night
- regularly waking up tired even though he/she went to bed at an early time the night before
- missing numerous days of school due to recurring symptoms
Seeking a diagnosis
There is no one test to have a clear yes or no to having fibromyalgia, but there are other exams that can be performed to rule out other conditions and narrow the diagnosis down to fibromyalgia. Read about the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia.
These steps to diagnosis include:
- physical exam(tender points)
- review of medical history
- length of the symptoms
What are the treatments?
As with fibromyalgia in adults, treatment can be found using a physician (pediatric rheumatologist), physical therapist, and psychologist.
- pain management
- natural treatments
- relaxation techniques
- physical therapy
- increase quality of sleep (not just the quantity of sleep)
Most importantly, listen to your child. No one knows them better than you. If you suspect something more is happening, please seek the care of a pediatrician.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your physician or healthcare provider for health care and treatment. The information in this website is not a substitute for professional medical nor healthcare advice.
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