Describing The Impossible
Adjectives are words used to describe things. Adjectives are used daily to describe foods, people and even scenery, but there are times when things in life happen and we often have a hard time trying to describe it. Trying to describe fibromyalgia is a difficult if not impossible thing to do, why? Fibromyalgia is different for every individual suffering with it. 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. Another reason why describing fibromyalgia may be difficult has to do with the fact that even medical professional are also unclear as to how to treat fibromyalgia and to what extent fibromyalgia affects a person’s daily existence.
What Can Be Described
Though the exact details of fibromyalgia may not be known therefore they are unable to be described and discussed, however through the years medical professionals have collected information from their patients that have been diagnosed with this confusing condition and from the information have formed a list of possible symptoms and the sensations that one might feel if he or she is diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 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. 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
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. The following is only a few of the places where soft tissue predominates and where fibromyalgia pain could be felt.
- Rib Cage
Fibromyalgia and pain are often simultaneous and the fibromyalgia patient struggles on a daily basis with symptoms like: muscle spasms, muscle weakness, nerve pain, twitching and even occasional palpations along. The frustrating part about fibromyalgia is that the symptoms are only one painful aspect of this condition. Fibromyalgia comes with other life complications that have been known to leave serious and even permanent effects on the body.
Trying To Get A Grasp On Fibromyalgia
Without much information on this condition, it may seem impossible to grasp how one is to function while being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Though the condition will present many challenges and obstacles for the sufferer that does not mean he or she is unable to find relief from their pain. One can improve his or her quality of life through various treatments and approaches to fibromyalgia. Treatment approaches could mean the use of prescription medications whereas other sufferers may take a natural approach to relief. Regardless of what treatment approach is taken the goal is the same – functionality. A few natural treatments to consider would include:
Acupuncture as a therapy originated as traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patents of energy that flow through the body are and essential to total body health. Acupuncture uses stimulation of specific acu-points on the skin by inserting needles that range in length from 1 cm to 10 cm. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 15 needles and the generally the acu-points vary during each treatment session.
The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience.