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Staying active with Fibromyalgia
Common Areas of Fibromyalgia pain
What is Fibromyalgia?
I personally have never been the superstitious type or one to believe in ghosts, vampires or anything of that nature. If you do believe in ghosts, have you every tried fighting one? How can you possibly fight something you can't see or even know where it's coming from? You have no idea of why it happens, all you know is that it's there and it's hurting you. How can you cure something if you have no idea what causes it? Welcome to the world of the people that suffer from Fibromyalgia. Millions of people are dealing with these questions on a daily basis. Approximately one out of every sixty five Americans, predominately affecting women.The root cause of Fibromyalgia is still of the unknown. A doctor can only determine whether or not your symptoms fit into the criteria of this affliction, however it is becoming increasingly more common, affecting millions of people. It does affect men, but women are inexplicably eight times more likely to contract the condition rather than a man. Normally diagnosed between the ages of 25 years old to 45 years old, some teens and much smaller kids have also displayed symptoms of the chronic disorder. A condition that consists of pain, inflammation and fatigue that is prevalent throughout all the connective tissues, joints and muscles in your body for an extended period of time. To give you the general idea, chronic implies pain for at least 3 or more months, throughout the body and even small amounts of pressure can bring excruciating pain. Research has displayed some of it's symptoms have been linked to infections, physical trauma or even stress.
Fibromyalgia explained in a sample video from Nucleus Medical Media
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Symptoms of the Fibromyalgia Syndrome
The symptoms of this disorder are naturally going to vary from person to person (everyone is different), with of course the excruciating pain being the main precursor. The pain and discomfort may be moderate and easily endured for some people, or it could be agonizing pain and unbearable for others. Everyone's pain threshold will differ. Some research has shown that it may be more subjective (meaning more of a mental thing) than physical. Because there is a relatively large variety of symptoms, Fibromyalgia can be and is often erroneously diagnosed. Tender points (the soft tissue areas where the pain originates from) are your elbows, neck, shoulders, hip and lower back, and knees. The deep, burning or shooting type pain will protrude from these areas. The discomfort may appear to come from your joints, but it actually doesn't. Some people have described the aches and pains as being similar to a horrible case of the flu. Having unnecessary aches and pains for a couple of days does not necessarily mean you have contracted the disorder. Studies have consistently shown that people suffering from Fibromyalgia usually wake up with their body aching and stiff. For some, simple every day tasks become extremely difficult. Inclement weather, activity, and stress may also perpetuate the pain. The pain may go away during the days and return at night, or it may be persistent all day long. Fatigue, insomnia, depression, and tingling hands & feet are almost always associated with patients with the disorder. It is thought to be the result of over active nerves and in order to be diagnosed, you must be tested and display consistent tenderness/pain for at least 60 straight days or more, in 65% of the 18 areas tested.
Different Types of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Diet Plan
Can your Eating habits assist with Fibromyalgia pain?
If you are unfortunate enough to be suffering through this chronic syndrome, I'm sure you have asked if there is anything that you can eat that would alleviate some of the symptoms such as the pain and make it a little more manageable. There has not been any factual based research that has displayed any specific foods that are imperative to your daily eating habits, nor any kinds of food that should be eliminated from it. There have been cases in which patients were sensitive to certain foods and allergens, some even stating that certain foods perpetuated their symptoms. This obviously is going to vary on an individual basis. Studies of the NFA (National Fibromyalgia Association) have shown that foods with chemical additives in there content like most common processed foods tend to have, caused some patients to experience more severe symptoms when they consumed them. It's recommended that you keep a daily food journal/diary. Writing down everything you eat along with any symptoms you had that day. This will allow you to figure out if any foods you are eating may in fact be bolstering certain symptoms of the disorder. You should consult your Doctor/Healthcare professional to be tested if you are under the impression that you may have some food allergies.
More Information on the Chronic Illness
Natural Treatment for the pain
Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Just like the root cause of Fibromyalgia is of the unknown, the cure for the disorder is also unknown. It's kind of difficult to treat or cure something when the factors that cause it are of the unknown. There are no documented, factually based treatments that will effectively manage all of the diseases symptoms. So basically the idea is to manage the symptoms to your own personal comfort level, allowing you to be as comfortable as possible and be able to cope with it. Physical Therapy is often applied as a treatment, an exercise/fitness program has giving some patients the desired relief of pain and not so much for others. Massage/relaxation techniques to assist in relieving stress are also used and had positive responses. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has often been used to teach the patient what makes the symptoms worse, how to cope with negative thoughts, and to set specific limits. A well balanced diet is an important part of the treatment, you want to avoid consuming any kind of stimulants (especially caffeine), this may perpetuate the condition. There are several drugs that are prescribed to treat Fibromyalgia such as antidepressants, muscle relaxant's, sleep aids, anti-seizure drugs and some that attempt to manage neurochemical imbalances. Improving the quality of your sleep/rest is also a critical part of the treatment.
Alternative methods that research has shown to be effective for a good number of people are acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic manipulation, and hypnosis.There is no way of knowing or preventing the condition from occuring nor is there any way of knowing how long it will affect you. The disorder is a long term one. It's a chronic problem and depending on the person, the symptoms may improve quickly or they might decline and become persistently worse for months or maybe even years. You should definitely consult your Doctor/healthcare professional if you have displayed some or all of these symptoms and suspect you may have the Fibromyalgia disorder.
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