Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome that affects approximately 3 percent of the world’s population.
People with fibromyalgia experience muscle, joint and soft-tissue pains and tenderness.
Apart from all the physical pains, people also go through some psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, headaches, fatigue, sleep disorders and even short-term memory loss.
The most painful spots on the person’s body caused by fibromyalgia are called tender spots and the pain usually spreads from these spots to the whole body. Joints are not affected, although it seems like they hurt.
The pain in people with fibromyalgia is the most presented in the morning. They might feel strong aches or stiffness of their bodies.
Mood changes, fatigue and depression along with all these physical symptoms usually make it even harder for people to complete even their every day’s simple activities, such as cooking, playing with kids, going to work etc.
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be a little hard. There is not a single test for fibromyalgia syndrome and you will probably have to make more tests and checks.
Doctors usually have to check your tender spots and see if there are at least 10 so that you can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
It is also very important to check your previous medical records to see if you had any pains or injuries in the past
Once you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome, the most important thing is the approach and the treatment.
It is known that there is no single cure for fibromyalgia, so you will have to make many different and small changes in your life in general.
Your first goal should be a relief from the pain and then all the other symptoms, such as fatigue and depression. It is best if you start your treatment with some physical activities.
For example, start going to physical therapy, do regular exercises or fitness and get massages to relax your muscles. Pilates and yoga may also bring benefits when it comes to relaxation.
All people who suffer from fibromyalgia probably already know that when you are fatigue and depressed it is easier to stay at home and in the bed.
However, studies have shown that regular physical activities can really help people with fibromyalgia syndrome find a relief.
Some simple painkillers such as some over-the-counter medications might be effective.
However, if you don’t find this effective, always consult your doctor before taking stronger painkillers.
Antidepressants will probably be prescribed not only for depression, but to improve the levels of neurotransmitters.
Professionals claim that insufficient levels of neurotransmitters might cause fibromyalgia and that’s why these medications are necessary.
Again, always consult a professional first because some antidepressants might not be what you need. Not all antidepressants are the same.
Medicine for muscle relaxation will be also something you need if you suffer from stiffness or too much pain. These medications will help you a lot to relax.
Medications for sleeping are given if you suffer from insomnia or too much pain as a result of fibromyalgia.
These medicines will definitely help you sleep better and rest from all the pain for a while.
Anti-seizure medications are usually prescribed for epilepsy, but doctors also prescribe them for reducing pain caused by fibromyalgia syndrome.
Apart from these two approaches (physical activity and medications), you might also find some alternative therapies very useful.
For example, acupuncture has shown to reduce pains caused by fibromyalgia. However there are no hard proofs on the effects of acupuncture regarding fibromyalgia.
If you plan on taking some herbal supplements, always ask your doctor first because they might have a negative effect on some other medication you’re taking.
Dealing with fibromyalgia syndrome can be really a challenge. That’s why you will always need someone who can understand you and knows what you’re going through.
There are many support groups where you can find and talk to people who are dealing with the same problem. This way, you can get answers to all of your questions and learn from other people’s experiences.
Counseling or some other therapy can also be very beneficial for coping with stress and this can be an important problem in people with fibromyalgia.
Therapy will help you understand your problems, learn how to live with fibromyalgia, think positive and overcome depression, anxiety and other kinds of psychological problems.