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FIBROMYALGIA

Looking for a helpful guide to Fibromyalgia? You’re in the right place! We’ve assembled this succinct and straight-forward guide to Fibromyalgia packed with helpful information answering some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this health condition.

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A GUIDE TO FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a broad term for pain. Most people diagnosed with fibromyalgia will feel pain all throughout their body, which ultimately can lead to sleeping problems, emotional distress, fatigue and more. These people generally have an abnormal inability to process pain. Unfortunately, when pain is widespread in someone’s body it can be quite debilitating and difficult to do much. This can quickly spiral downwards into depression and other psychological issues if you do not seek treatment for fibromyalgia. Take a look at our helpful guide below on how you can get diagnosed, understand fibromyalgia and seek treatment.

  • What Is Fibromyalgia?

  • What Causes Fibromyalgia?

  • What Are Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia?

  • How Do You Treat Fibromyalgia?

  • What Medications Help Fibromyalgia?

  • Do I Need To See A Doctor?

  • Can Fibromyalgia Be Cured?

  • Can You Treat Fibromyalgia By Yourself?

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia is a broad and common complex disorder in which you have widespread pain and tenderness in your body and is usually accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The additional symptoms tend to impact overall quality of life. The pain and tenderness usually waxes and wanes with time. It is important to rule out any other co-existing issues or diseases that could possibly cause the pain or tenderness. Such examples can be: postural issues, lupus, thyroid hormone resistance, and rheumatoid arthritis. Generally a doctor will diagnose fibromyalgia through a combination of symptoms and overall well-being with the person. Fibromyalgia pain and symptoms can vary greatly for each person and at varying levels of intensity. Common symptoms may include:

  • Muscle pain and/or tenderness
  • Sleep Issues (sleep apnea, having a hard time staying asleep, or waking up unrefreshed)
  • Cognitive Difficulties (having memory problems or unable to think clearly)
  • Fatigue
  • Overall muscle stiffness

Additionally people may feel: depression or anxiety, migraines, tensions headaches, pelvic pain, bladder and/or bowel issues, tinnitus and reflux

At this time there is no cure for fibromyalgia and most people need multiple approaches to manage the pain or relieve some symptoms. Treatments such as cognitive and behavioral therapies are often suggested, gentle exercise and medications are often prescribed.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

WHAT CAUSES FIBROMYALGIA?

The causes of fibromyalgia are equally as broad as the disorder and the treatment. Normally when someone gets hurt our brain will send a signal indicating there is an injury, it is painful and eventually the pain will subside. However when living with fibromyalgia the pain does not subside which leads some doctors to believe there is a glitch in the brain’s processing abilities. Potentially there may be more cells in your body that carry the pain signals and fewer that slow it down which amplifies pain. Some common causes for this disorder and some people may have multiple causes are:

  • Genes – sometimes this disorder will run in families in which parents will pass on genes that make you more sensitive to pain. Depression or anxiety can also make you feel more sensitive to pain.
  • Other diseases – arthritis or an infection can increase your pain
  • Emotional or Physical Abuse – children who are abused are more likely to have this condition, as they get older. This may happen based on how the body handles stress.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – some people with mental health issues also struggle with coping mechanisms to mitigate pain.
  • Gender – women are more likely to experience fibromyalgia – doctors think this may be contributed to how women handle pain.
  • Anxiety and Depression – mood disorders also seem to affect fibromyalgia
  • Lack of Exercise – people who are not physically active also seem to be more likely to experience fibromyalgia.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia pain and symptoms can vary greatly for each person and at varying levels of intensity. This condition can be hard to understand for healthcare providers and the patient as symptoms often mimic other health issues and there is not a test to fully diagnose fibromyalgia. Oftentimes the brain and nerves overreact to pain sending too big of a signal in which case the person feels more pain than necessary. Fibromyalgia is mostly felt in the muscles, abdomen, back and/or neck. The pain can be chronic, diffused, sharp or even severe in some cases and oftentimes are felt at night. People with fibromyalgia often feel overall whole body fatigue, tiredness or malaise. Common symptoms may include:

  • Muscle pain and/or tenderness
  • Delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Mood Swings
  • Nervousness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Hand sensations of coldness or tingling
  • Pins and needles feelings
  • Irritability
  • Painful menstruation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Tingling feet
  • Sleep Issues (sleep apnea, having a hard time staying asleep, or waking up unrefreshed after sleeping for long periods of time)
  • Cognitive Difficulties (having memory problems or unable to think clearly)
  • Fatigue
  • Overall muscle stiffness

Additionally people may feel: depression or anxiety, migraines, tensions headaches, pelvic pain, bladder and/or bowel issues, tinnitus and reflux

What Are Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia?
How Do You Treat Fibromyalgia?

HOW DO YOU TREAT FIBROMYALGIA?

There is no cure for fibromyalgia however depending on the symptom there are various ways to treat components of fibromyalgia. To treat fibromyalgia broadly most doctors will prescribe medications, self-care strategies and lifestyle changes. Some medications prescribed will relieve pain and help you sleep better at night. Some drugs ease aches and pains, while others may boost your energy or improve your sleep. The FDA has approved three drugs to treat fibromyalgia: Cymbalta (antidepressant), Savella (milnacipran) and Lyrica (anti-seizure medicine). Antidepressants are used even if you are not depressed because they raise levels of chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine that help control pain. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors can help with pain, sleep problems and sad moods. And then SSRIs are good for your pain and depression.

Self-care strategies to help fibromyalgia not rule your life include speaking with a therapist on strategies to help mitigate pain and recognize that it is normal to feel stress and anxiety. Additionally, a physical therapist can help you improve your strength and reduce some of the stress on your body. Since there is no cure for all drug to treat fibromyalgia you may have to take a variety to get relief. Ensuring that you are well rested, eating healthy and exercising regularly are essential parts for living a healthy lifestyle with fibromyalgia.

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