Hard To Grin And Bear It
The pain of fibromyalgia can become so severe that the individual diagnosed finds it difficult if not impossible to function. The pain of fibromyalgia is only one aspect of living with this miserable condition there is so much more that goes into life with this chronic and painful condition. Fibromyalgia does not stop with just severe pain it runs much deeper and those that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia must also worry about other aspects of their life becoming complicated as a result of their fibromyalgia.
The following are a few of the life complications that can develop as a result of this miserable and chronic condition.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Memory or Cognitive Problems
- Tension or Migraine Headaches
- Impaired Speech
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. The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Feeling Of Being Full
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.
- Diarrhea – frequent, loose, watery stools. Those dealing with fibromyalgia often have the need for multiple bowel movements that can be difficult to control.
- Constipation – is the opposite of diarrhea. An individual suffering from constipation struggles with having a bowel movement. Those suffering with constipation feel cramping when trying to pass a bowel movement only able to pass small amounts at a time.
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.
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.
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.
Grinning and bearing it when struggling with so many issues might seem impossible, this is why it is important that those suffering from fibromyalgia work alongside a medical professional until a treatment plan have been put into play.