Meds And Exercising Treatments For Fibromyalgia
Prescription medication, for most doctors, is the go-to treatment and surgery is the backup plan when the meds don’t seem to work much. Now for fibromyalgia patients they will be prescribed a series of depression meds which were never designed for fibromyalgia therapy on a long term basis. Most likely, the meds will be antidepressant medications or sleep medications which will calm depression and relax your muscles and can cause a number of side effects such as: liver dysfunction, kidney issues, tightness in chest, heart attack, stroke or even death in some rare cases. This is why extreme caution must be taken and if any of the warning signs of the side effects begin to show up, you should contact your primary care physician immediately and cease from taking the medication until further instructed by your physician. Now I am not saying that all medication is bad or never helpful but for drugs not designed to aid the condition at hand, you should not use these drugs on a long term basis.
Stress Relieving Exercises
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. The common theme is starting slow. 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. Fibromyalgia sufferers should seek medical advice before beginning any exercise regimen because doctors are able to suggest the best plan for each individual patient.
i. Walking – Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking. After that, they should add a minute each day until they are up to walking for about an hour. It is also suggested to try to walk an hour at least three to four times each week. Once walking for an hour seems easier, it is suggested alternated walking and light jogging.
ii. Swimming – Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there. After treading water becomes easier, the fibromyalgia sufferer should move up to swimming laps for about 30 minutes. Water aerobics are also a good idea for fibromyalgia sufferers.
Getting A Test Can Stop A Fake Out
It is very important that you have an 18 point test performed on you just to be certain that the cause of your symptoms is from fibromyalgia instead of from another disease that is masked as fibro. Here are some of the diseases that could be a fibro fake out.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – Unlike the more common osteoarthritis, which is caused by age-related wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age and is caused by inflammation and destruction of the lining of the joints. The painful, swollen, and stiff joints characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis are also common complaints for people with fibromyalgia. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis can strike in the same joints on both sides of the body, similar to the symmetrical tender points used to diagnose fibromyalgia, and can cause fatigue and morning stiffness.
- Restless Legs Syndrome – The cause of restless legs syndrome remains mostly a mystery. It is characterized by uncomfortable pins-and-needles sensations in the legs and the irresistible urge to move the legs. Moving the legs seems to temporarily alleviate the intense feelings. However, people with restless legs syndrome tend to get poor sleep in general and to experience severe fatigue like that felt by many people with fibromyalgia.
- Sleep Apnea – Many fibromyalgia patients have trouble sleeping. The unfortunate thing about this is that sleeping better could actually improve their symptoms. Sometimes, the pain from fibromyalgia itself could be interfering with sleep. However, there is another condition that can cause sleep problems and tiredness upon waking. Sleep apnea may be the problem keeping you up at night. A person with sleep apnea tends to snore and stop breathing for several seconds or more while asleep, then snorts and gasps for breath. The results are fitful sleep and feeling tired upon waking. Treating the sleep disorder should lead to better sleep, even if fibromyalgia symptoms persist.