Answering Some Of The Common Questions About Fibromyalgia
Many people have heard that Fibromyalgia is a condition that is misunderstood, but it is not a condition that should be feared. Just like with anything else the more knowledge that can be had about a specific condition the more comfortable people will feel with it, and hopefully the more treatment options and eventually a cure can be found for Fibromyalgia. Below are some of the common questions that are asked about Fibromyalgia as well as the information to answer these questions.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is not yet fully understood. It is a real medical condition, it does have real symptoms, and even more importantly there are treatment options for finding Fibromyalgia relief. At the current time it is thought that the onset of Fibromyalgia is caused by a few specific complications that include stress, infections, hormonal changes, allergies, physical injuries, chemotherapy or even exposure to certain toxins. It is vague at this point anything that is specific to cause this, and sometimes an individual can have a Fibromyalgia onset without having any of these conditions take place.
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
As stated it is important to remember that Fibromyalgia is a real medical condition, it is not just a catch all term that doctors use when they don’t know what’s wrong with an individual and certain criteria must be met in order for a Fibromyalgia diagnosis to be made. According to the American College of Rheumatology and individual can have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia if the there are specific signs and symptoms including (1) pain in at least 11 different Tender Points, (2) the individual must have experienced chronic pain for a period of at least 3 months or more.
What are the Symptoms?
The two main symptoms of Fibromyalgia include chronic pain and high levels of fatigue. However, these are not the only symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. Other symptoms of Fibromyalgia can include but are not limited to; IBS, depression, headaches, sleep disturbances, confusion, digestive problems, concentration problems, parasthesia, restless leg syndrome, hypersensitivities, as well as mood problems such as anxiety. Many other symptoms can occur with Fibromyalgia and the each individual who suffers from Fibromyalgia will experience different symptoms on varying levels.
How to Treat Fibromyalgia
Just as there is not a specifically known cause to Fibromyalgia there is also not one specific path to treating the condition of Fibromyalgia. Every Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience different symptoms, as well as the level of those symptoms and how they are affected by them. The key to treating Fibromyalgia is understanding what each of the different options for treatment are, and then choosing a treatment plan that is personalized to provide individual relief of symptoms. The most commonly used treatment options for Fibromyalgia include prescription medications, lifestyle changes, alternative treatments, as well as nutritional or supplemental therapies.
- Prescription Medications that are used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia include Analgesics, NSAIDs, Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, as well as a few other types of medications (for example if one of the individuals symptoms includes IBS then a medications for a treatment of that symptoms may be used).
- Lifestyle Changes is an approach to Fibromyalgia treatment that takes into consideration the overall well-being of the individual and how this affects health and symptoms. Research has shown that making certain lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and properly exercising, as well as learning to adjust the scheduling of daily life can make a significant impact on reducing the symptoms that are associated with Fibromyalgia.
- Alternative Treatments are options that many Fibromyalgia sufferers have reported finding relief from using. These options can include massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, occupational or physical therapies, as well as therapies like Yoga or Tai Chi.
- Nutrition & Supplements is another area of importance for Fibromyalgia sufferers. Studies have shown that there are certain foods that should be added when a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is made in order to help decrease symptoms, and other research shows that there are also certain foods that seem to exacerbate Fibromyalgia symptoms and thus should be avoided. In addition to watching the diet, Fibromyalgia sufferers should also be aware that there are certain supplements that have been proven beneficial to aiding in the reduction of symptoms as well. Some of the supplements that are commonly used for Fibromyalgia treatment are Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Ribose, Magnesium, Brown Seaweed Extract, as well as 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).