Fibromyalgia And The Gender Effect
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.
Fibromyalgia can affect individuals differently but the uniqueness comes into play with how it affects the different sexes. There is no denying the differences in men and women, the way the two sexes think have been scientifically proven to be different, the way genders react, sense pain and heal are often very different and the same can be said with how fibromyalgia affects men verses how it affects women.
The Female Effect
One particular affect that Fibromyalgia has on women is the risk of developing endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition that is partial to women; this health condition develops in females when the lining of the womb begins to grow in other areas of the body. During a monthly cycle a woman’s ovaries produces hormones, the hormones are what tells the cells lining the uterus to swell and thicken. During the monthly cycle the body removes the excess lining. If these cells decide to implant or grow outside the uterus the condition of endometriosis is had. Women that develop endometriosis complain if pain, irregular bleeding and struggle with infertility. Endometriosis is a common condition and can be genetically transferable. Women who have a family history of endometriosis may experience the following issues:
- Menstruate at an early age
- Never Have Children
- Long Periods lasting at least 7 days
- Closed Hymen
Symptoms of fibromyalgia are often painful and the women may have endured the following complications as well.
- Lower abdominal pain before and during monthly cycle
- Pain during sexual relations
- Painful periods
- Cramping before and during period
- Pain with a bowel movement
The unique thing about endometriosis is that some women have no pain or symptoms and only come to discover their condition when trying to conceive.
The Effect On Pregnancy
Though an expectant mother might be excited about her baby, there are still a few fears and worries that she possess and that worry can turn into stress as the time of the baby’s arrival draws near. Stress can lead to an outbreak of fibromyalgia pains, the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy is her highest risk of developing this painful condition and the emotional and physiological changes that come with her new diagnosis
Treating fibromyalgia during pregnancy must be done carefully, under a doctor’s supervision and so not to upset or stress the expectant mother out further. Medications are not to be used during pregnancy so some other form of treatment must be had. Some physicians recommend a more natural and holistic approach to fibromyalgia treatment during pregnancy. Holistic or natural treatment would include options such as massage therapy; this is a very relaxing option that will not only help relieve pain but stress as well. Exercise, yoga and meditation are also safe options for pregnant women.
Men And Fibromyalgia
While fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women, it can still be seen in men. Sometimes it can be triggered by a trauma such as a car accident or emotional stress. It also can be triggered by certain viral infections. However, it can happen just the same as it does with most women: with absolutely no warning. It is also thought that men may be more likely to not respond to the tender points test. This is where a doctor applies pressure to 18 different tender points. Eleven of these 18 tender points need to be reacted to for a positive diagnosis. Since women are tenderer and more likely to tell a doctor about pain, men may not react to enough if any tender points.
Another theory is that men are too proud to admit that they are in pain. Because men are more likely to be the primary earner in the family, they may fear that if they are diagnosed with fibromyalgia they cannot function as usual.