Managing Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Fibromyalgia is a health condition defined by prolonged all-encompassing pain. However fibromyalgia symptoms are not simply limited to pain, which is why many are leaning more to the use of the alternate term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Additional signs consist of debilitating fatigue, sleep interference, and joint stiffness. Some also struggle with swallowing, many likewise report bowel and bladder irregularities, lack of feeling and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as cognitive dysfunction which is often referred to as ‘fibro fog’. Fibromyalgia syndrome is often combined with such psychiatric disorders as depression and anxiety along with stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. On the other hand not all of those that suffer with fibromyalgia suffer with all of these associated symptoms.
Fibromyalgia pain as well as many of the other related symptoms can be relieved through prescriptions, lifestyle variations, stress management, and supplementary fibromyalgia treatment. Scientists believe that fibromyalgia affects about five million Americans aged eighteen or older. For reasons unknown, between eighty and ninety percent of those identified with fibromyalgia are females; on the other hand, males and youngsters have been known to be affected as well. Most individuals are diagnosed in middle age, even though the warning signs often can become evident earlier in life.
As there is still not a recognized cure for fibromyalgia and the source is not entirely understood, the mission to discover the best fibromyalgia treatment is ongoing. In the meantime there are some ways to assist in the managing of fibromyalgia apart from the doctor prescribed ways and means. Fibromyalgia is believed to be a long-term condition that there is no known cure for as of yet. Sometimes, the symptoms may improve over time with treatment and therapy. While at other times, the pain can get worse and may continue for months and/or years. Be sure to call your primary care doctor if you feel you may have the symptoms related to fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia relief does not always need to be in the method of a prescribed medication. These lifestyle changes can assist in fibromyalgia management as well as they may benefit to ease the lingering pain accompanying with fibromyalgia.
Additional ways to help your fibromyalgia:
- Making changes at work can helpful as well; perhaps cutting down on the amount of hours you work or possibly changing to a less stressful job.
- Eating well is always beneficial as well as healthy but especially when you have fibromyalgia.
- Use your energy reasonably. Because of your fibromyalgia your energy has dwindled quite a bit so make sure to sensibly preserve every ounce of energy possible. Be energy efficient so to speak.
- Strengthen your immune system. Some research shows that a possible basis of fibromyalgia may lie in our own immune systems; so making sure our immune system is strong is always a good thing. We also need to make sure it is strong enough to fight off other illnesses that may arise in our day to day living.
- Realize that you do have limits. Even Superman had his limits. Be aware that you need to be realistic about what you expect from yourself.
- Get enough sleep! Sleep is crucial to managing your fibromyalgia. If getting enough sleep is difficult for you, try misting your pillow and sheets with an aromatic mixture of lavender and chamomile to help promote relaxation and sleep.
- Focus on YOU! Become more attentive to yourself! You must focus on YOU! Fibromyalgia can make it challenging to distinguish between feeling tired and feeling depressed. Resolutely choose to do activities that YOU enjoy or read something comical. Like stated above many with fibromyalgia are ‘doers’ but they are also known as ‘caregivers’ because most of them are usually always so focused on others and helping them that they don’t focus on themselves until they are forced to do so.
Since stress is the leading cause for making fibromyalgia worsen, the number one plan would be to decrease your stress. Now I realize that may seem impossible for some, and we certainly won’t be able to get rid of all the stresses of everyday life however there are ways to help relieve some of the stress. Learn stress management techniques, try yoga, try counseling, or join a support group. I would very much encourage joining a fibromyalgia support group. Check your local directory. It will surprise you the help overall but unquestionably emotionally and mentally a support group of other individuals who understand what you are going through will do for the human spirit to aid in keeping you moving forward and on with your life despite the obstacles associated with this condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome.