Managing Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes your muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints to turn into very painful areas of the body. These areas are also referred to as "tender points", and are commonly found around the neck, the hip joints, elbows and the front of the knees. Fibromyalgia, more frequently found in women than men, seems to be hereditary.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is increased sensitivity. There are many other symptoms of the disorder, as well as symptoms that may come and go depending on the individual.
Among some of the other symptoms found in people with fibromyalgia you will find patients having some degree of constant pain, perhaps worsening as a result of physical activity, stress, changes in weather as well as other varying factors. A person with fibromyalgia pain experiences it as either deep aches or burning sensations. Muscles spasms or tightening are also possible, as is migratory pain which moves around the body.
It's not unlikely for patients with fibromyalgia to feel fatigued or tired. This too has various degrees of severity. Because trouble sleeping and restless sleep are also symptoms, fatigue may merely be a result of fibromyalgia and not necessarily a symptom.
Many patients find themselves with new sensitivity to items or circumstances that never bothered them before. This could include odors, loud noises, bright or fluorescent lighting or even medications they have had no issue with before. Jaw pain and frequent headaches are also issues often heard of. Many patients with fibromyalgia will also suffer from digestive issues such as gas, trouble swallowing, frequent heartburn as well as alternating symptoms of diarrhoea and constipation.
As a result of constant pain and fatigue, it is a normal complaint of patients with fibromyalgia to have feelings of depression, anxiety or frustration. These are normal feelings and reactions to a condition, which you personally have no control over, and it has been though possible the main chemical imbalances in the brain that cause mood changes or swings could be linked to fibromyalgia itself.
In order to alleviate some of your symptoms, there are several available medicines. Many, if not most are taken before bedtime, helping to reduce pain and improve the quality of sleep. The first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia goes by the brand name of Lyrica. Studies have shown this drug can reduce signs and symptoms related to fibromyalgia in some people.
Fibromyalgia Coping Strategies
Other activities that could help in relieving symptoms are low-impact aerobics such as swimming or water fitness and stationary cycling. It's advised you begin at a very low rate until you can comfortably exercise 30 to 60 minutes four days a week. After this level is accomplished, you may consider higher-level exercises such as walking or tennis.
Do your best to alleviate stress in your life as much as possible. It's also advised to reduce the amount of caffeine and alcohol consumed in the evening hours, as these can also cause difficulties with sleeping habits.
Turn to your physician if you start feeling depressed or frustrated in relation to your condition. They may decide to recommend therapy in order to assist you in working through those feelings. Another possibility is a support group. No matter what your choice is for assistance in dealing with fibromyalgia pain, remember you are not alone. Reach out for that helping hand that is there waiting to get you through this.