How Will Your Life Be Affected
The disease of fibromyalgia is characterized or known by the full body musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that occurs in the soft tissue locations on the body such as the neck, back, shoulder, elbow and joints. The muscle stiffness and achiness that comes with fibromyalgia affects several different aspects of life making it a challenge to function normally as a result of the intense chronic pain that is felt. Fibromyalgia begins to affect an individual’s sleep and the disease has been lined to sleep complications, headaches, depression, anxiety and a whole slew of other health complications.
The cause of fibromyalgia is still unclear however just like other chronic conditions of which causes are unclear, medical professionals have determined several possible triggers that could upset the body and cause fibromyalgia such as:
- Physical and or Emotional Trauma
- Abnormal Pain Response
- Sleep Disturbances
Risk Factors And The Ripple Effect
Having fibromyalgia does not necessarily stop with just fibromyalgia. Those who have been diagnosed with this miserable condition may also suffer from other conditions and symptoms such as:
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Chronic Back Pain
- Lyme Disease
- Sleep Disorders
The symptoms of a migraine can vary from mild to severe, the areas of the body that feel the most pain are considered to be tender spots and often have stiffness in their body making walking sitting and bending over very painful and difficult to manage. Treating a condition such as fibromyalgia may come in steps or through trial and error suggested treatment options would include physical therapy, exercise and stress relief options like massage therapy. For further treatment options, speak with your primary physician
The ripple effect is multifold there are several things that a person diagnosed with fibromyalgia has to worry with or about. One is pregnancy and the other concerns or fears have to do with personal health and the overall functionality.
Fibromyalgia And Pregnancy
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.
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.