Bringing To Light Some Information About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions which is highly misunderstood. Almost anyone can get the basic information about the causes of the condition, the symptoms, or the treatment options that are available. But what about those questions that come up at the most inopportune times? Some of those obscure questions, which are still highly important for those dealing with them will be answered in the following paragraphs.
What kind of Research is being done on the condition of Fibromyalgia?
There are currently many physicians, scientists, and patients who are dedicated to finding the cause and a cure for the condition of Fibromyalgia. Researchers are studying ways to improve medications and behavioral treatments, the benefits of exercise, as well as ways to prevent and treat the chronic pain felt by Fibromyalgia sufferers.
Can Fibromyalgia Get Better with Time?
The condition of Fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease and it is not fatal. However it is a chronic condition meaning that once diagnosed it will more than likely last a lifetime. In some individuals with proper treatment the condition of Fibromyalgia can improve over time, in others constant management of the symptoms must be a top priority in their lives.
What if I find myself unable to work because of Fibromyalgia?
This is a tough question. Because the symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be so severely debilitating at times, many individuals feel so overwhelmed that they feel they cannot continue with normal employment. However, most physicians agree that continued employment take place and that the patient does not go on disability. The reason behind this is that a person who quits working will more than likely move less, lose their sense of purpose, and lose contact with coworkers. All of these reasons can be negatives for the person dealing with Fibromyalgia. However, if after a Fibromyalgia sufferer has tried and realizes that employment is just not possible they may qualify for disability benefits through their employer that will at least allow them to receive some assistance to help out.
How does stress affect the condition of Fibromyalgia?
Stress has been proven by research to exacerbate the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Because of this it is vitally important that Fibromyalgia sufferers learn ways to deal with and manage their stress when stress removal is not an option. Therapies, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, or treatment that can reduce stress are all recommended to help Fibromyalgia sufferers reduce their stress, therefore reducing their symptoms.
What is the connection between Fibromyalgia and Depression?
Studies show that at least half of all Fibromyalgia sufferers have some degree of depression and/or anxiety. The reason behind this is thought to be the extreme difficulty of the diagnosis of the disease as well as the daily battling of the symptoms that each Fibromyalgia sufferer must deal with.
Why is Fibromyalgia Thought to be “all in the head”?
Again because of the difficulty in finding a diagnosis many people think that Fibromyalgia isn’t a real medical condition but that it is just “all in the head”. This statement is false because the condition of Fibromyalgia can be medically diagnosed and is a very real medical condition with very real symptoms that must be treated in order to reduce the severity and frequency of those symptoms.
What is Fibro Fog?
Fibro Fog is a term that is commonly given to those who suffer from the condition of Fibromyalgia. The constant and chronic pain associated with the extreme fatigue can make Fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulties with concentration and memory.
What exacerbates Fibromyalgia?
Studies have shown that there are certain factors which can play a role in exacerbating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. These factors include weather changes, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, infections (such as a flu or cold) increased stress, depression, or anxiety, as well as decreased movement, and an unhealthy diet or overexertion.
What are Tender Points?
Tender points are specific locations on the body where areas of localizes tenderness occur when digital palpation takes place. Tender points are not deep areas of pain, instead they are very small areas (usually only the size of a penny) which occur in very specific areas. There are 9 bilateral locations (18 total) that account for the Tender Points. These areas are:
- Back of Head
- Between Shoulder Blades
- Top of the Shoulders
- Front Sides of the Neck
- Upper Chest
- Outer Elbows
- Upper Hips
- Sides of Hips
- Inner Knees