What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes widespread pain and sensitivity to pressure. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, joint stiffness, numbness and tingling. The causes of fibromyalgia are not well understood, but genetic and environmental factors certainly play a part. Fibromyalgia treatment includes anti-depressants, anti-convulsants and opioids from a pharmaceutical perspective, and exercise and psychotherapy as supportive interventions. Learn more about this condition here.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but medical experts generally agree that a number of different factors contribute to its development and ongoing symptoms.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition associated with widespread pain, stiffness and tenderness of the muscles and soft tissues around joints.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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