Are You Symptomatic?
Recently have you noticed a change in how you feel? Have you begun to notice pains stemming from your joints and spreading out to encompass your whole body? Have you noticed an increase in exhaustion and proneness to fatigue? If you have mentally or verbally said yes than you may be showing the early signs of a chronic condition known as fibromyalgia;
If we were to try and summarize a definition for fibromyalgia, we would have to say that fibromyalgia is chronic condition that sets off widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that has lasted for at least a period of 3 months. Fibromyalgia is characterized by one thing – pain. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors.
Being diagnosed with fibromyalgia is a long and tiresome process that could take up to three months, so if you are not 100% positive that you are suffering with or from this chronic condition you might want to do a wee bit more research on the matter first. Fibromyalgia has several symptoms similar to other chronic condition such as lupus and arthritis so there will come a point when a professional diagnosis will need to be made. So how do you truly know that the pain being felt stems from chronic fibromyalgia?
The pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia is most commonly felt in the soft tissue, muscle, tendons and joints. Soft tissue is located in several spots on the body such as: the elbow, neck, back, knees, shins, hips and shoulders. The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day.
When the time comes for a professional medical diagnosis you the patient might hear certain words and phrases that are unfamiliar to you. Tender spots may be one of those words that you may not be familiar with and will need to be given further information on what tender spots are. Tender points are surface areas that seem to be just under the surface of the skin. These points hurt when just light pressure is applied. The doctor will watch for the patient to flinch or pull back when pressure is applied. The sizes of the tender points are around the size of a penny. They are much more sensitive than the areas surrounding them. Tender points are located in areas where soft tissue is had so in areas like the knees, elbows, shoulders, shins and even the buttocks. Pain is felt in the joints, muscle and tendons. Besides the aching body other areas of life can be affected by this painful condition.
Your Life Will Be Changed
Fibromyalgia affects several different aspects of one’s life including his or her profession, personal and could even affect ones financially. Fibromyalgia has been linked to further complications such as sleep problems, fatigue, headaches, depression and even anxiety attacks. There is no denying the physical and emotional affect that fibromyalgia can have on an individual; so if you are starting to notice changes in your physical and emotional state of being, it might be wise to speak to a medical professional about what type of testing is available for fibromyalgia.
Treating This Condition
Treating fibromyalgia can be a bit challenging and this is where the care of a medical professional will come in handy. Fibromyalgia has no known cure therefore a treatment must be had in order for relief to happen. Choosing a treatment must be done with careful thought, because the treatment must become part of his or her daily existence. Treatment options that are typically discussed come in two forms the first are the use of prescription medications and the other being a natural or holistic approach. Both treatment options have their own pros and cons so it is important that the patient pick a treatment that the safest one.