A Morning Of Stiff
Have you ever awoke from a long night sleep stiff and sore as all get out that you wonder what in the world is happening to you and your body? I remember when I hadn’t exercised in a long time and then I decided to workout for a while pretty heavily and play some basketball to boot which really works all parts of your body. The next morning I could hardly move any of my limbs without moaning out in agony which of course is my own fault for not entering into new exercise routine slowly. But this is the everyday reality for the chronic sufferer with fibromyalgia; they will do next to nothing the day before and they will have such soreness and stiffness in their muscle and joints. There are actually 18 tender points throughout the body that if they experience chronic pain for more than 3 months, then you might have this syndrome which unfortunately has no cure.
Change Is Not Your Enemy
It is vital to those struggling with Fibromyalgia to continue with life as normal as much as possible, because keeping somewhat active can actually aid in helping to lessen the symptoms, as long as the activity is kept within a normal balance. A few tips for dealing with Fibromyalgia in everyday life can be considered:
- Adjusting To A New Way of Life – The pain of Fibromyalgia can cause issue in the way individuals move about because bending over or reaching above their heads can apply intense joint pain. Adapting to a new way of life while living with Fibromyalgia is important; individuals can do this by becoming creative and modifying the way they complete tasks in order to lessen the pain.
- Plan Out The Events – Many times those suffering from Fibromyalgia feel completely overwhelmed with even the simplest tasks of daily life. This feeling can be avoided by keeping a schedule for simple tasks such as household chores or tasks. Another idea is to create a schedule of tasks that can be completed on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis. Doing a little bit at a time becomes much easier when it’s planned out ahead of time.
- Allowing The Winds Of Change To Blow – You must, I mean have to, being willing to do a little change; it can make a huge difference in you life if you are dealing with Fibromyalgia. For instance: if turning doorknobs or water faucets become painful and difficult, a simple switch to a different fixture can make all the difference in the world. Other changes that should be considered are downsizing and delegation.
Electric Ways Of Treating Fibro Pain
The stressors of fibromyalgia pain can be eased using biofeedback. Biofeedback is a mind and body relaxation technique that helps fibromyalgia sufferers learn about their body’s natural internal process to control relaxation. Biofeedback uses an electronic device to measure stress-related responses in the body. After much research biofeedback is able to help relieve many types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia. The electronic device is connected so that it can inform the fibromyalgia patient and the therapist when the patient is physically relaxing his or her body. Sensors are able to report muscle tension, heart rate, breathing patter, the amount sweat produced and body temperature. Some therapists are able to use a single one of these sensors, although it may be helpful to use all, to see if a fibromyalgia patient is learning to relax. The design of biofeedback is to first teach the body how to react to stressors in a controlled environment. There are many different types of biofeedback devices: Peripheral Skin Temperature, Electromyograph and Elecroderm Response will be discussed below.
- Elecroderm Response – An Elecroderm Response or EDR is considered sweating biofeedback. It is able to monitor electricity produced by a patient’s sweating reflexes. This form is usually used to help with anxiety and depression.
- Electromyograph – The most common biofeedback therapy is the electromyograph or EMG. Because the EMG is used to help correct muscle pain and stiffness, it can be the most useful for fibromyalgia patients. The device that is used is called an electromyograph which is able to measure the electricity given off by the patient’s muscles.
- Peripheral Skin Temperature – A less common form of biofeedback is the Peripheral Skin Temperature or PST. The PST is able to measure electrical impulses given off by the flow of a patient’s blood. By doing so, it is able to give information about skin temperature.