Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose, since there is no specific test for this disease. It is characterized by muscle pain that is not constant and not confined to one place on the body. Usually there are tender points on the body that are unusually sensitive to pressure. These spots are used to make the diagnosis; they tend to be on the top of the shoulders, between the shoulder blades, at the back of the head, in the front of the neck, around the knees, hips, elbows and front of the chest. Symptoms may be aggravated by cold, stress and lack of sleep. Associated conditions include headaches, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, abnormal menstruation and post traumatic stress.
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Migraine Headaches are a type of vascular headache that occurs when the blood vessels in the brain are sensitive to various triggers, resulting in spasm or narrowing of the vessels. Other vessels respond by dilating or opening wider, resulting in throbbing pain. Migraine headaches are hereditary and appear to involve a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin controls transmission of nerve impulses in the brain. Serotonin deficiency in the brain is also responsible for depression.
Migraine headache risk factors include emotional stress, food hypersensitivity and menstruation. Associated symptoms include light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. Sensory symptoms include seeing flashing lights, abnormal taste and hearing unusual sounds. Pain is usually on one side of the head and may vary from one episode to the next. Migraine headaches are aggravated by sound, light and movement.
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