Understanding A Little More About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that probably has some of the most misconceptions surrounding it. The condition was first coined in the early 1900’s, however further research shows that in fact Fibromyalgia is not some modern day condition, because doctors were describing symptoms of a condition (not termed yet) even back in the early 1800’s. The actual term “Fibromyalgia” was identified in the late 1970s & 1980s when medical researchers began to study the condition and symptoms more closely trying to find a diagnosis and treatment plan. However during these last two centuries there have been many misconceptions about the condition of Fibromyalgia which have emerged because of the lack of knowledge around the condition. The purpose of this article is to try and set those misconceptions straight and provide knowledge so that the condition of Fibromyalgia can become more understood.
Is Fibromyalgia Taken Seriously?
Unfortunately up until a few years ago the condition of Fibromyalgia was not taken very seriously. However recent information regarding the condition and how it affects individuals has created more research in the medical community and more facts about the disease are being discovered as Fibromyalgia is being studied even more. After all, knowledge is the key to understanding.
Fibromyalgia & Mood Disorders
It has been shown by research that nearly half of all Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from some degree of depression or anxiety. This fact is frightening, but it explained mostly be the shear frustration that Fibromyalgia brings on, as well as how the symptoms affect an individual’s daily life. It is a known fact that both Pain and Fatigue can contribute to an individual developing anxiety and depression, and since pain and fatigue are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia this explains why the links between these mood disorders and the condition of Fibromyalgia exist.
Misunderstandings about the Pain of Fibromyalgia
Pain is the number one symptoms of Fibromyalgia. This pain is not just a simple pain like that of stubbing a toe or breaking a leg, the pain of Fibromyalgia is much more complex ,which is why it is so often misunderstood. Research suggests that the cause of Fibromyalgia is related to a problem with how the body processes pain, more specifically the painful sensations that a Fibromyalgia sufferer experience seem to become hypersensitive in nature. Research is still being done in this area in order to avoid the misconceptions that exist, but it is important to note that there are obvious problems with how the pain sensations are carried to the brain and how those sensations are experienced by the individual who sufferers from Fibromyalgia.
Why are there so many other conditions related to Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition which is more often than not linked to other health conditions or diseases. The other conditions that are associated with Fibromyalgia are unfortunately too numerous to even list. However the conditions that are most commonly linked to Fibromyalgia include IBS, irritable bladder, depression, MPS, Raynaud’s syndrome, CTS, Headaches, Neuropathy, RLS, Migraines, Cognitive difficulties, skin disorders, depression, anxiety, hypoglycemia, TMJ, HIV, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme diseases, and SLE. The one common link between each of these conditions and Fibromyalgia is the nerves. Because the nerves seem to process the pain sensations in incorrect ways, this is why it is believed that so many other conditions are linked to Fibromyalgia. If research can be completed and the nerve damage and pain sensations can be more understood but additional research then the hope is that the condition of Fibromyalgia (as well as the associated conditions) will be more understood and treatment can be more easily obtained.
Avoiding Fibromyalgia Flare Ups
Fibro Flare Ups are commonly associated with the condition of Fibromyalgia. Often times the condition of Fibromyalgia can seem to be in somewhat of a remission where the symptoms are able to be dealt with very easily, however there are other times when the symptoms become exacerbated and acute and these periods of time are termed Fibro Flare Ups. While these flare ups cannot be completely avoided there are steps that can be taken in order that Fibromyalgia sufferers become proactive in their treatment in order to maintain healthy lifestyles in order to reduce symptoms.