Is Fibromyalgia A Disability?
Fibromyalgia is a mysterious condition that is still undergoing research. One of the common questions that fibromyalgia sufferers have is whether or not this condition qualifies him or her for disability. The problem with fibromyalgia is that the condition is still argued about amongst those in the medical world so there is the chance that one would not receive disability benefits unless the pain has become immobilizing. 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 thus making the possibility of disability benefits more of a possibility.
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. 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. 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
Treating fibromyalgia is doable through pain management. There is no known cure for this condition therefore treatment options are often experimental at best. Medical researchers and medical professionals have spent years studying and testing out various treatment options for this confusing condition and have determined that there are several different methods through which relief can be found a few of those methods would include:
- Massage Therapy
The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience. Massage therapy can help Fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from their symptoms specifically by:
- Improving Sleep
- Reducing Swelling, Pain, and Stiffness in the Joints & Muscles
- Decreasing Anxiety & Stress
- Increasing Blood Circulation
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing the Range of Motion
While exercising with fibromyalgia can be slow going and seem daunting, it really can be the best thing for healing. Exercise can have very positive effects on even healthy people’s lives, but fibromyalgia suffers can see a vast difference very quickly. Fibromyalgia sufferers should stick to low impact exercises. It also suggested that they begin with a very short amount of time and gradually work their way up. Low Impact Exercises would include:
Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking.
Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there.
Five minutes is a good start for fibromyalgia sufferers. It is important to remember that some pain is expected, but sharp pain or exhaustion means that they are doing too much or exercising for too long.