Change, Change And More Change
Change is not always a bad thing but when it comes to personal health change is debatable. If one moves from a bad health position to a good health position than change is an excellent thing, however if the change is from good health to bad health then change can be a very negative thing. As we age our bodies do as well and with age often comes bodily changes such as sore muscles, weak ankles and knees and the development of some pretty nasty chronic conditions. One possible development is the chronic condition of fibromyalgia and this miserable condition can cause several changes to occur in, to and with the body. As fibromyalgia develops it causes several physiological changes such as the way the body reacts or responds to pain.
Though there is much about this condition that is still unknown one thing that is known is that changes will happen and the fibromyalgia patient needs to be aware of what those changes are. The following is designed to help educate fibromyalgia patients on what could potentially happen if diagnosis of fibromyalgia is had.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Memory or Cognitive Problems
- Tension or Migraine Headaches
- Impaired Speech
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that causes pain to be felt in the abdominal area. Irritable bowel syndrome causes changes in bowel movements while producing other symptoms that are hard to manage. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can range from mild to severe; the symptoms differ from patient to patient. The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Feeling Of Being Full
These symptoms must be present and have had duration for a minimum of at least three months. When a bowel movement is had the pain can lessen but that does not mean that the pain will not come back. Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome constantly battle with constipation and diarrhea and a loss of appetite.
- Diarrhea – frequent, loose, watery stools. Those dealing with fibromyalgia often have the need for multiple bowel movements that can be difficult to control.
- Constipation – is the opposite of diarrhea. An individual suffering from constipation struggles with having a bowel movement. Those suffering with constipation feel cramping when trying to pass a bowel movement only able to pass small amounts at a time.
Fibro fog is the term used when fibromyalgia disrupts an individual’s ability to think clearly. Fibromyalgia can affect a person’s ability to concentrate and with his or her short term memory. This type of memory loss is an issue for some fibromyalgia sufferers and causes complications with one’s work and personal life.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and only add to the limitations and the frustration that comes with fibromyalgia. A migraine headache if felt on a reoccurring basis is known as a neurological condition and can cause and create chemical changes in the body that produce further symptoms. As a migraine develops the blood vessels in the brain begin to expand and their expansion causes harmful chemicals to be released into the brain which in return causes the brains arteries to come under attack. The brains arteries only line of defense is to release symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision and diarrhea.
Endometriosis is a condition that is partial to women; this health condition develops in females when the lining of the womb begins to grow in other areas of the body. During a monthly cycle a woman’s ovaries produces hormones, the hormones are what tells the cells lining the uterus to swell and thicken. During the monthly cycle the body removes the excess lining. If these cells decide to implant or grow outside the uterus the condition of endometriosis is had. Women that develop endometriosis complain if pain, irregular bleeding and struggle with infertility. Endometriosis is a common condition and can be genetically transferable. Women who have a family history of endometriosis may experience the following issues:
- Menstruate at an early age
- Never Have Children
- Long Periods lasting at least 7 days
- Closed Hymen
Symptoms of fibromyalgia are often painful and the women may have endured the following complications as well.
- Lower abdominal pain before and during monthly cycle
- Pain during sexual relations
- Painful periods
- Cramping before and during period
- Pain with a bowel movement
The unique thing about endometriosis is that some women have no pain or symptoms and only come to discover their condition when trying to conceive.