5 W’s Of Muscle Pain
If you are newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you’re going to get used to hearing the words muscle, fatigue, pain, as well as tenderness. The most common being fatigue and muscle pain. If you have been suffering from fibromyalgia for quite some time now, you understand these things far too well, unfortunately.
Fibromyalgia has some very terrible effects on the body and mind. It can often bring someone to their knees when the pain is too much as well as severely muddling the mind with fibrofog and severe fatigue.
A cure for fibromyalgia has been sought after as well as studied heavily in the past few years but to no avail. Though people find solace in medications, supplements, exercise, nutrition, and therapies, nothing has rid an individual of the chronic disease.
Fortunately, there are support groups, businesses, and websites that are dedicated to helping those that are suffering from this horrible chronic disease. Like us! We are always here to help.
Without further ado, here are the 5 W’s of muscle pain, and how we can deliver positive results through understanding and living a great lifestyle.
So do only fibromyalgia sufferers deal with muscle pain? Long story short: no. When talking about muscle pain with your doctor, they may throw out a bunch of medical jargon that you may not understand just yet. Here’s a tip: when they refer to anything that begins with myo or mya it is usually referring to muscle. For example, if I were to say the words myocardial infarction (heart attack), I am referring to the heart as a muscle. Myofascial pain is the pain in the soft tissues due to injury or strain. Muscle pain is categorized into many different types of body pain, and it usually affects those with injuries or diseases.
So, what exactly is muscle pain? If you’ve tried describing fibromyalgia to a friend or family member, they may have given you a strange look when you said you suffer from severe muscle pain. Do you mean like, after the gym? Do you mean when you get punched in the arm during a road trip game of slug bug? What do you mean? To you, it’s something totally different. It’s that debilitating pain in your extremities and neck, making work and your social life so much worse. You are already tired most of the time and now it hurts to change your clothes? Give us a break!
This is a tough one. Here is why: do you think you have someone in the world that looks exactly like you? That also sounds like you, and that also has fibromyalgia? Pretty far fetched if you ask me. Which is why the when category is so hard to nail down. People vary so greatly in terms of body composition and which effects of fibromyalgia they experience, it’s difficult to give a direct answer. However, we can say this: the majority of the time. Not the best answer but it’s the right one. The general consensus is that your body is constantly in pain. It’s more about dealing with the pain as well as managing the pain in your own way. Do you hurt most when you wake up, or just before you go to bed? Does standing, walking or sitting hurt more? What temperature really feels best for you when your muscles feel like they have pins and needles in every square inch? Find out what helps and what aggravates your symptoms, and then move on from there. I recommend making two separate checklists. Make one for what makes you feel worse and then make one for what makes you feel better. If you are comfortable with doing so, I highly recommend handing out copies to your closest friends, as well as your family. Not to seek attention or to have a pity party, but just to make things easier for you when going over to their homes or out to a restaurant. If fish makes you feel worse, maybe they can go to the local sushi place on a different day. If it’s winter and you can’t deal with anything below 72 degrees, maybe they can warm or cool their house for you a bit while you visit. You can help them help you without coming off as rude! If they’re good friends, they’ll understand and make those accommodations for you.
Another difficult one. Where people feel the pain is a bit more pinpointed but also varies in some individuals. I read an article the other day in which a man (fibromyalgia only affects 90% women and 10% men) felt the pain in his buttocks as well as the muscles between this knees and thighs. The majority of people feel this pain in their extremities and neck, which also leads to a migraine and/or tension headaches. Reading the comments on our blogs and social media posts, those suffering often describe pain in their neck and extremities as well. I think it’s safe to say that those two areas are the most affected. As said previously, find out what simple things make dealing with the neck and extremity pain manageable.
So, why is this horrible chronic disease affecting you? Why is this happening? What did you do wrong to deserve this? Not even doctors are sure. The most commonly agreed on possible cause is that your brain and the parts that of your spinal cord that controls your nerves are either glitching or they are damaged. This is said to have more cells carry the pain signals to your brain and a decreased amount of cells that can fight off the cells that transmit said signals. Think about it like this: your body is a radio in a car. Weird, I know but just hear me out. The volume button is adjusted based on how many cells are available to send pain signals and how many cells are available to stop too many pain signals from going to your brain. The louder the volume, the more pain you feel. The quieter the volume, the less pain you feel. If you have fibromyalgia, your speakers are always going to be blaring. The loud dissonance will become your life if you don’t choose to fight back.
I can give you information on fibromyalgia muscle pain all day. It’s what I’m known to research daily and what we honestly love to do. I want to write and help as many people as possible. So how can Fibromyalgia Treatment Group continue to help you? We can provide additional blogs to help you manage symptoms, flare-ups and many other issues you may be experiencing. Here are a few:
If you find yourself overwhelmed by the wide array of information out there regarding ways to manage your life, look no further. You’ve come to the right place. As usual, please consult your doctor if you experience new or worsening effects of fibromyalgia.