In order to be considered an expert at something one must know a great deal of information on the topic they are proclaiming expertise in. When diagnosed with a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia it is important that the individual diagnosed become somewhat of an expert about his or her condition. Being an expert in fibromyalgia may prove to be a challenge due to the lack of information available on the topic. Try as they may medical professionals have been unable to produce large amounts of information on the topic of fibromyalgia.
It seems as though medical professionals would rather disagree on the condition of fibromyalgia rather than strategize together on conjuring up with various ways to help the millions of individuals that are suffering from this mysterious condition. The problem amongst medical professionals is the disagreement on whether or not fibromyalgia can indeed be labeled a disease or not. Keep reading for more information on the conflicting opinions of some health care providers and the opinion of the National Institutes Of Health and belief of the American College Of Rheumatology.
What The Professionals Have To Say
Fibromyalgia has been categorized or recognized as a condition or disorder that can be diagnosed through the National Institute Of Health, and the American College of Rheumatology. The National Institute Of Health as well as the American College Of Rheumatology believe that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder and is caused by a neurobiological abnormity which than produces a physiological and cognitive deficiency whereas most health care providers do not believe that fibromyalgia is a disease.
The argument for the health care providers is that In order for a condition to be recognized as a disease there has to be a set or list of abnormities upon being physically examined and through objective diagnostic testing.
So What Do You Believe?
Depending on the expertise of those in the medical field should be the result of a diagnosis, however with such conflicting thoughts and opinions one has come to understand that it is not always a simple thing to trust in a medical professional. So what is one supposed to do? In order to become educated in the field of fibromyalgia one who has been diagnosed with it must learn as much as he or she can about the condition, symptoms, treatments and what is being done in the medical world regarding fibromyalgia. Where does one start? The best place to start is by reading medical journals and articles pertaining to fibromyalgia.
The next best step is educating one’s self on the symptoms of fibromyalgia in order to prepare a plan for when the pain becomes severe and intense.
Symptoms Of 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. 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.