Meet the doctor: Niyigena from Baho International Hospital sheds light on ‘Fibromyalgia’

On 24 April 2021 at 11:39

You might have heard about Fibromyalgie or suffered from it but fail to understand the conditions you are going through. The disease seems to be unfamiliar yet many people are vulnerable to the incurable disease.

IGIHE has caught up with Niyigena Solange, a physiotherapist at Baho Internatonal Hospital to learn more about the condition.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure.

Other symptoms include tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected; sleep problems and troubles with memory.

Some people also report restless legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Niyigena has explained that the condition which is in most cases confused with other diseases is incurable.

“Fibromyalgia causes pain in more than one part of the body. A patient can at the same time feel pain on the nape of the neck, back pain, pain legs, knees, tassels, wrist, ankle and other body joints. The condition is incurable and has no specific treatment. A patient can only get painkillers,” she said.


Niyigena has explained that doing several physical exercises especially swimming helps to lessen pain. She also advised the general public to seek assistance from health workers for tips on suitable sports depending on their conditions.

“Doing regular sports particularly swimming are helpful. It is better to seek assistance or advice from medical doctors for tips of recommended sports because people should do particular exercises depending on their age,” she noted.

Niyigena also advised patients to avoid pessimism, have enough rest, and sleep appropriately.

As she explained, women aged 30 and above are mostly vulnerable to the condition but it can also affect men.

Baho International Hospital assists patients with the condition using different medical equipment. For more details about the hospital’s services, don’t hesitate to contact: +250 788 125 035.

Niyigena has explained that doing several physical exercises especially helps to lessen pain.