Common Questions About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgai is a condition which is commonly misunderstood. One way for the public, physicians and those in the medical world to remove that misunderstanding is to start answering some of the common questions that are asked regarding Fibromyalgai. After all, the old saying goes “knowledge is the key” applies to Fibromyalgai just as with any other questions that individuals may face. The key to unlocking the misunderstanding regarding Fibromyalgai is knowledge and understanding about the condition itself. Some of the most commonly asked questions about Fibromyalgai are as follows:
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgai is a condition which occurs when both widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as fatigue occurs. While it is a condition which is somewhat hard to diagnosis, it is most often diagnosed once other conditions are ruled out as well as when there are some specific criteria which must be met in order for a proper diagnosis to be determined. These criteria are:
- Widespread and chronic pain that is located in all four quadrants of the body must have been present for a minimum of three months.
- At least 11 of 18 specific Tender Points must be determined.
The causes of Fibromyalgia aren’t exactly known either; however there do seem to be some risk factors which commonly exist among Fibromyalgai sufferers. Some of the common risk factors include infections (such as viral or bacterial), physical or emotional traumas, or development of other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, or lupus. However there are instances where a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is given without any of these previous risk factors being present.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgai?
There are two very specific symptoms that are associated with Fibromyalgai (1) Pain, and (2) Fatigue. The pain that is associated as a symptom of Fibromyalgai can be described as a pain that occurs all over yet can’t be necessarily pinpointed like the pain of say stepping on a nail. Fibromyalgai pain on the other hand is considered vague in nature as far as being able to pinpoint or explain it. The other main symptom of Fibromyalgai is that of extreme fatigue. Often times Fibromyalgai sufferers have great difficulty just getting out of bed in the morning, and the thought of being able to accomplish tasks and responsibilities of the day can be very overwhelming. While the two main symptoms of Fibromyalgia are pain and fatigue, there are other symptoms that commonly accompany a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Those symptoms are sleep difficulties, morning stiffness, headaches and/or migraines, digestive disorders, balance problems, itchy and/or burning skin, brain fog or concentration issues, as well as muscle knots, cramping or weakness.
What Can I do to Feel Better?
The treatment of Fibromyalgia covers a myriad of options. The best form of treatment is a personal treatment plan that will provide relief for each individual on an individual basis. The most common form of treatments includes management of both pain and fatigue (the main symptoms of Fibromyalgai). Treatment can include the use of medications, therapies, as well as the use of supplements to aid in providing relief of symptoms the Fibromyalgai sufferer may be experiencing.
- Medications are commonly used for pain and sleep problems. Pain and sleep issues are one of the main issues that Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with and many times the pain/sleep cycle becomes a vicious one where each symptoms exacerbates the other. Specific medications for sleep disturbances include the use of Ambien, sleep medications, clonazepam, as well as trazodone just to name a few. Medications that are commonly used for the treatment of pain include Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as muscle relaxants. While the use of prescription medications for the treatment of Fibromyalgai symptoms is sometimes unavoidable it is worth noting that most of the medications used for Fibromyalgai treatment have negative side effects and can also become habit forming.
- Therapies that are commonly used for Fibromyalgai treatment include the use of acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, Myofascial release therapy, water therapys, yoga, aromatherapy, as well as biofeedback and the use of other cognitive therapies or relaxation exercises.
- Supplements are another form of valid options used for treating Fibromyalgai symptoms. Supplements that are commonly used in the treatment of Fibromyalgai symptoms include the use of Melatonin, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, B-Complex Vitamins, Magnesium, and even MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane).