Can You Live With All This?
Certain things some across our path in life that we are forced to live with such as bills, car payments, mortgages and children. Health problems is often one of those things that come across our path that makes us stop and ask if we brought this on ourselves and if so what could we have done differently to avoid this issue. Certain health condition could be avoided through healthier life choices, but there are those chronic conditions that generate out of nowhere and have no explanation. Fibromyalgia is one of those chronic conditions.
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. 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.
What Symptoms Should You Be On The Lookout For?
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. The painful spots on the body are referred to as tender spots and are felt in the various locations we have already mentioned. The pain will start in a location such as the knee and then spread out to include the whole leg.
What Does The Pain Feel Like?
The pain or feelings that correspond with fibromyalgia have been described as a:
- Deep Ache
- Shooting Pain
- Burning Pain
- Painful Joints
- Numbness And Tingling in the hands and feet
Where Is The Pain Felt?
The painful sensations mentioned are felt in areas of the body where soft tissue exists and soft tissues exist in eighteen different places on the body. If you were to stop for a moment and consider just how many areas of the body are surrounded by soft tissue than the realization of just how painful and uncomfortable fibromyalgia is might sink in a little more. The following is only a few of the places where soft tissue predominates and where fibromyalgia pain could be felt.
- Rib Cage
Do We Know The Cause Of Fibromyalgia?
While the cause of fibromyalgia is not exactly known, researchers have some ideas about it. Everything from hormonal disturbances to stress has been thought to cause fibromyalgia. To this day, doctors will say that the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown because it acts differently for every sufferer. Though they cannot pinpoint an exact cause medical professionals do have several theories and hypothesis regarding the topic.
- Central Sensitization
- Physical or emotional trauma
- Sleep disturbances
- Genetic predisposition
- Dopamine dysfunction (hypodopaminergia)
- Abnormal serotonin metabolism
- Deficient growth hormone (GH) secretion
- Psychological factors
What Treatments Are Available For Fibromyalgia?
Treating fibromyalgia can be done in several different methods or approaches. One can either choose a prescription based treatment or a pharmaceutical one. Both treatments have been known to help soothe pain and discomfort but only one approach has proven to be safe to use over an extended period of time. Taking a natural road to treating fibromyalgia pain and discomfort will save the patient many tears, frustration and further health complications down the road. For the sake of time we are unable to fully digest all the natural treatment options on the market, however the following list will help provide guidance to those seeking a natural treatment option.
- Diet And Nutrition
- Massage Therapy
- Herbal Supplements