Knowledge Is The Key
Fibromyalgia is a condition which is highly misunderstood. It’s misunderstood by the population at large as well as the individuals who have been unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgia. However there is a saying that states that “knowledge is the key”, the key to understanding that is, and with understanding Fibromyalgia and what the causes, symptoms, and treatment options are then relief can be found which of course is the ultimate end goal.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is specifically characterized by musculoskeletal pain that is widespread over the body, as well as fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood problems. While it is true that the diagnoses of Fibromyalgia is difficult at times, it is important to understand that Fibromyalgia is a very real medical condition and there are a few guidelines that must be met before a diagnosis is made. The two specific criteria for a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is that (1) widespread pain lasting at least 3 months, and (2) Pinpointing at least 11 (of 18 total) positive tender points has been made. Another fact about Fibromyalgia is that currently there is no cure for the condition, however the condition is not fatal and can be lived with and even more importantly there are treatment options that can help to reduce the symptoms of the condition.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
At this time it is uncertain exactly what causes Fibromyalgia however it is thought that the condition most likely is caused by a variation of factors that work together including: genetics, infections, as well as physical or emotional traumas. However there are those individuals who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia who have never experienced any of those factors, so there are risk factors to being diagnosed but there isn’t necessarily anything black or white showing a specific road to Fibromyalgia.
What are The Symptoms?
The symptoms are probably the worst part of the condition of Fibromyalgia. Most commonly the symptoms that occur are pain and fatigue but many others occur as well. These symptoms affect the way a Fibromyalgia sufferer can deal with daily tasks and responsibilities as well as how they cope and handle emotional situations and decision making.
Knowing the Treatment Options
Once a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is made, the most frequently used prescription medications are Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as Anti-seizure drugs. However, often times these prescription drugs can bring on side effects and lead to other problems while trying to lessen the symptoms that are being felt. If an individual who is suffering from Fibromyalgia is searching for more natural treatment option, other than prescription medications, research has shown that relief can be found with alternative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, as well as supplemental therapy. Another options for helping to lessen the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is to adopt lifestyle changes that affect nutrition and exercise which provide overall general health and can ease the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.