Coping With Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS as it is abbreviated is a medical disorder known by chronic pain that is extensive throughout the entire body, associated with tenderness around the joints, muscles, tendons as well as the soft tissues. This pain and tenderness causes the individuals who are suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome to constantly feel exhausted, with aching bodies and tender points that become more painful upon contact and when pressure is applied even minor pressure. Many of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia also have reported problems with cognitive dysfunction that several refer to as ‘fibro fog’ which can be described as a reduced concentration issue. In most of the cases, those who are subjected to fibromyalgia have a lack of ability to multi-task and they generally seem as if to have a severely diminished attention span.
As with most illnesses, fibromyalgia syndrome does not differ in that the symptoms are most often intensified by stress. With fibromyalgia the pain can also strengthen due to changes in the weather, as well as added stress, anxiety or even certain physical activities can seem to increase the pain levels significantly. In part due to this, fibromyalgia is often combined with psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety along with stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Most fibromyalgia sufferers might even experience pain while resting, and many say that the pain is most evident when they have used their muscles for repetitive activity; which can occur in going about their everyday life. Sometimes with fibromyalgia, the pain can be so severe that those subjected to fibromyalgia can no longer work or do ordinary tasks. In most of the cases, prescriptions and pain killers have little effect at getting rid of their pain; however there are still ways to have some type of quality of life.
There is no known actual cause as of yet for fibromyalgia and just about any person can get it, so no one is immune; however it is more common in middle age women rather than in men. Also individuals who are pre-disposed with rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic like conditions such as lupus, as well as other autoimmune diseases are also for the most part more likely to develop fibromyalgia than those who do not have those pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, as with cancer, there is no known cure as of yet, for fibromyalgia, however there are quite a few different treatments, medications, as well as natural alternatives that can help you cope with your symptoms of this devastating condition.
Coping with fibromyalgia
Research has shown that many with fibromyalgia are often caring for others, either by parenting or care giving for an elderly loved one. However, they allow very little time to take care of their own health and welfare. This becomes a greater problem with a chronic disease such as fibromyalgia that comes with a whole new set of limitations. These limitations stem from things such as:
- tender points
- chronic fatigue
- ongoing pain and stiffness
Like many other medical conditions and diseases, living a healthy lifestyle is always suggested for those who are subjected to and suffering from fibromyalgia. Doing this can be a great benefit to limit physical stressors that may cause pain to intensify. Also with fibromyalgia it is beneficial to avoid complications from unhealthy habits will assist to improve an individual’s overall quality of life. A support group is always quite beneficial. Yes, that’s right there are many other people like you out there who cope with fibromyalgia syndrome every day as well and I would very much encourage you to join a support group. Check your local phone book or even search for a support group online, but do join a support group. You will be amazed at the help in general but definitely emotionally and mentally a support group of other individuals who understand what you are going through will do for the human spirit to help keep you going through learning how to deal with this medical condition.
As with most conditions, learning how to self-manage your fibromyalgia symptoms with exercise and other lifestyle habits is vital to improve:
- your mood
- improve your sleep
- as well as get more relief from the pain
The most important however is although, even though I know it can be so hard at times but you need to focus on YOU! With all of the increasing support that is out there, you can get your life and priorities in order so that instead of just surviving through this condition you can thrive!