Getting Organized Will Be The Best Treatment Option
Living with a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia can make life in and of itself difficult to manage but adding in work, family and friends as well as a social life living with fibromyalgia can be nearly impossible. Fibromyalgia affects every part of a person’s life. 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.
With body wide pain encompassing the majority of one’s life it becomes essential to have some form of plan, strategy or organizational means to keep life moving forward. Life does not stop just because a person has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 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; even more of a reason why organization and a treatment plan is important.
A Simple Plan
Here is a simple plan to help get you on the road to fibromyalgia relief.
- The first step is to call and schedule an appointment with your medical professional about testing for fibromyalgia.
- The second step would be to undergo a series of blood test and urine analysis.
- The third step is to make note of the duration of chronic pain. In order for you to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia you must be experiencing pain in at least 11 out of 18 tender spots for at least three months. Tender Spot locations would include:
- Rib Cage
If the primary physician is still unsure of whether or not you the patient is suffering from fibromyalgia he or she might perform a tender point test.
Do Not Let This Be Your Future
If left untreated or undiagnosed a person suffering from fibromyalgia could face a life full of health complications and further limitations. . 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 lack of sleep results in the patient waking feeling extremely fatigued and as if he or she has not rested even though the patient may have spent eight or more hours in his or her bed. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia patient tend to be at a higher risk for developing or are already having sleeping problems like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. Sleep or the lack of sleep is a big deal to most individuals but for the fibromyalgia patients the lack of sleep is only the icing on the cake and the start of further coexisting life complications such as:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Memory or Cognitive Problems
- Tension or Migraine Headaches
- Impaired Speech
Facing any of the complications mentioned can create further hindrances than just dealing with life and fibromyalgia. If symptoms such as extreme fatigue, body aches and muscle stiffness begin or become persistent than it would be advantageous of you the sufferer to seek out a diagnosis as soon as possible so that the pain can be managed without further complications. Treatment options may depend on how far the fibromyalgia has progressed and the overall physical health of the patient.