Fibromyalgia And Sexual Frustration
Being diagnosed with a condition such as fibromyalgia can have a negative effect on every aspect of one’s life not just his or her physical life but his or her sexual life as well. If we were to try and summarize a definition for fibromyalgia, we would have to say that fibromyalgia is chronic condition that sets off widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that has lasted for at least a period of 3 months. Fibromyalgia is characterized by one thing – pain. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors.
Having a healthy sex life while suffering with fibromyalgia may present as a problem for some sufferers; the reason being that sexual relationships require movement and movement of most kind comes with agonizing pain. Pain in movement is only one aspect of fibromyalgia the symptoms that are connected with Fibromyalgia is what can hinder a person from having a normal intimate relationship with his or her partner. 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.
Getting Back To The “Fun”
Fibromyalgia patients can get back to the “fun” of a relationship through various treatments. Having healthy relationships and a healthy sex life is very important for many reasons. It is not uncommon for people who suffer with fibromyalgia or any chronic illness to have problems or complaints when it comes to the issue of their sex lives. When you have a healthy sex life it not only strengthens the intimate relationship between two people, it also boosts the endorphins.
Endorphins are the body’s natural opioids that help decrease pain levels and increase the overall well- being of a person. By discussing your concerns about your sexual relationship, he or she can offer some practical tips that can help you resolve the problems that are associated with your pain, sex and fibromyalgia. One way to boost endorphins is through getting healthy and making wise food choices. Exercise is one way fibromyalgia patients can decrease their pain levels.
While exercising with fibromyalgia can be slow going and seem daunting, it really can be the best thing for healing. Exercise can have very positive effects on even healthy people’s lives, but fibromyalgia suffers can see a vast difference very quickly. Fibromyalgia sufferers should stick to low impact exercises.
- Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking. After that, they should add a minute each day until they are up to walking for about an hour. It is also suggested to try to walk an hour at least three to four times each week. Once walking for an hour seems easier, it is suggested alternated walking and light jogging.
- Bicycling It is safest to use a stationary bike to reduce any risk of falling. Also, this is important to start slow with and gradually move up the amount of time spent bicycling until the fibromyalgia sufferer is able to ride for approximately an hour.
- Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there. After treading water becomes easier, the fibromyalgia sufferer should move up to swimming laps for about 30 minutes.
- Strength training is typically added to an existing exercise program. Fibromyalgia sufferers should use really light weights and be very careful because using too much weight or performing improper movements can cause injury or additional soreness.
Diet And Nutrition
While we do know that eating a balanced diet of the right kind of whole foods helps with the body’s ability to function better, it is especially important for people who suffer with fibromyalgia to have a well-balanced diet.
Patients with fibromyalgia should consume more raw fruits and vegetables than people who don’t have fibromyalgia because of these food items contain crucial enzymes that help aid in the digestion process. Raw fruits and vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants that help boost a person’s immune system. Researchers have found that Vitamin K helps calcium deposit into the bones which makes the bones denser. Vitamin K can be found in the following food items:
●Dark leafy greens
Nightshade plants are nutritious plants that are known to possibly trigger fibromyalgia symptoms as well as various types of arthritis. Some types of nightshade plants can include:
●Bell peppers and chili
Some people who suffer with fibromyalgia have food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods or specific food groups causing the body’s response to inflammation to be different than those individuals who aren’t affected the same way. Foods or food groups that can cause some sensitivities or even allergies to people with fibromyalgia can include:
Foods To Avoid
Research has also shown that there are some food groups that should be avoided in order to better improve your symptoms, pain and overall life while living with fibromyalgia. These groups are listed as the following:
●Simple carbohydrates, sugar and high fructose
●Yeast and Gluten
●Food additives such as MSG
While there is no hard evidence that eliminating simple carbohydrates, yeast or gluten from a person’s diet will have a huge impact on a the condition of fibromyalgia, it has been proven to reduce some related pain and fatigue for those that that suffer with fibromyalgia. It can also help reduce symptoms of chronic yeast infections.