Affecting Pain Everyday
Fibromyalgia is a condition that most people do not fully understand and there are several reasons as to why this is true. The main reason that fibromyalgia is so difficult to understand has to do with the little known information about the condition. Medical professional are also unclear as to how to treat fibromyalgia and to what extent fibromyalgia affects a person’s daily existence. Fibromyalgia is chronic condition that sets off widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness throughout the body and unless treated those that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia must make some changes unless face several life complications.
Movement And Other Complications
The issue of fibromyalgia frustrates everyday movement. A person that has been diagnosed with this horrendous condition wakes up everyday feeling stiffness in their joints and finds it hard to move their limbs this makes mobility throughout the day difficult until the pain lessens and limbs become more flexible. Because pain is the common factor of fibromyalgia, other functions of life become hindered such as an individual’s power to sleep. Sleep depravity is only one spot where life becomes difficult; the aching of the muscles can stop the patient from having the ability to physically rest and allow sleep to cover them. Sleep or the lack of sleep is a big deal to most individuals but for the fibromyalgia patients the lack of sleep is only the icing on the cake and the start of further coexisting life complications such as:
- Impaired Speech
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Tension or Migraine Headaches
- Memory or Cognitive Problems
Treating The Stiffness Through Exercise
Fibromyalgia sufferers should stick to low impact exercises. It also suggested that they begin with a very short amount of time and gradually work their way up. The common theme is starting slow. Five minutes is a good start for fibromyalgia sufferers. It is important to remember that some pain is expected, but sharp pain or exhaustion means that they are doing too much or exercising for too long. Fibromyalgia sufferers should seek medical advice before beginning any exercise regimen because doctors are able to suggest the best plan for each individual patient.
- Walking – Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking. After that, they should add a minute each day until they are up to walking for about an hour. It is also suggested to try to walk an hour at least three to four times each week. Once walking for an hour seems easier, it is suggested alternated walking and light jogging.
- Bicycling – It is safest to use a stationary bike to reduce any risk of falling. Also, this is important to start slow with and gradually move up the amount of time spent bicycling until the fibromyalgia sufferer is able to ride for approximately an hour. After an hour becomes easier, then they can set mileage goals.
- Swimming – Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there. After treading water becomes easier, the fibromyalgia sufferer should move up to swimming laps for about 30 minutes. Water aerobics are also a good idea for fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Strength training – Weight lifting is typically added to an existing exercise program. Fibromyalgia sufferers should use really light weights and be very careful because using too much weight or performing improper movements can cause injury or additional soreness.
medications is a common choice for physicians to prescribe. medications is an anti-seizure medication that was originally designed to support patients who have epilepsy. My uncle had epilepsy and it is not fun to see him go through a seizure. However, after much research, medications now is used to help treat fibromyalgia, even though it is not was medications was designed for. Common side effects should not become bothersome or persistent. While many people are able to take medications with little to no side effects, medications is chemical in by design and can easily cause just as many side effects as any other medications. Common side effects of medications include:
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Appetite
- Changes in sexual function
- Increased Appetite
- Weight Gain
- Blurred Vision
- Stomach Pain
- Trouble Concentrating