If we were to try and create a brief definition for fibromyalgia, one would have to say that fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that sets off widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that has lasted for at least a period of 3 months.
The issue of fibromyalgia complicates everyday mobility. An individual that has been diagnosed with this miserable condition wakes up every morning feeling stiff and finds it difficult to move his or her limbs this makes mobility throughout the day difficult until the pain lessens and limbs become more flexible. Because pain is the common denominator of fibromyalgia other areas of life become complicated such as an individual’s ability to sleep. Sleep disturbance is only one area where life becomes complicated, the aching of the muscles can prevent the patient from being able to physically relax and allow sleep to sweep over him or her. The following are the most common complications that arise from fibromyalgia:
~Irritable Bowel Syndrome
~Memory or Cognitive Problems
~Tension or Migraine Headaches
Complication #1 Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that causes pain to be felt in the abdominal area. Irritable bowel syndrome causes changes in bowel movements while producing other symptoms that are hard to manage. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can range from mild to severe; the symptoms differ from patient to patient.
These symptoms must be present and have had duration for a minimum of at least three months. When a bowel movement is had the pain can lessen but that does not mean that the pain will not come back. Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome constantly battle with constipation and diarrhea and a loss of appetite.
Complications #2 Fibro Fog
Fibro fog is the term used when fibromyalgia disrupts an individual’s ability to think clearly. Fibromyalgia can affect a person’s ability to concentrate and with his or her short term memory. This type of memory loss is an issue for some fibromyalgia sufferers and causes complications with one’s work and personal life.
Complication #3 Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and only add to the limitations and the frustration that comes with fibromyalgia. A migraine headache if felt on a reoccurring basis is known as a neurological condition and can cause and create chemical changes in the body that produce further symptoms. As a migraine develops the blood vessels in the brain begin to expand and their expansion causes harmful chemicals to be released into the brain which in return causes the brains arteries to come under attack. The brains arteries only line of defense is to release symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision and diarrhea.
Complications #4 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.
Often prescription medications are the first line of defense when it comes to Fibromyalgia treatment. However, individuals who suffer from this condition should understand that often time’s lifestyle changes and alternative treatments can provide much more relief to the musculoskeletal pain and tenderness as well as other symptoms that they commonly face on a daily basis.