MUST READ: Let’s fight Fibromyalgia Together!
Many individuals who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia may feel a sense of defeat because of how the disease seems to control their lives. However, there are steps that can be taken for and by you so that they can take back control of their lives even while living with fibromyalgia and the symptoms that it causes. The problems that are associated with fibromyalgia affects more than just the physical symptoms of the fibro-victim; many times these individuals deal with problems in regards to relationships, parenting, responsibilities, and even difficulty with decisions that must be made that will affect their futures. Frustration and stress can become an integral part of those suffering if they do not take the steps needed to be able to take proper control of their lives and symptoms. The two main symptoms that are typically dealt with are pain and fatigue, and there are lots of options available to treat those two main symptoms. The issue is that there are other symptoms that you may not know about, like decisions making, depression, concentration, and sensitivity issues. Taking control of dealing with these symptoms can mean the difference in the overall quality of life.
- Decisions – Many people with fibromyalgia state that a diagnosis of fibromyalgia had significant effects on decisions that had to be made especially in regards to relationships or employment.
- Depression – Research has shown that about one-third of individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia also suffer from depression.
- Cognitive Problems – Many individuals with fibromyalgia suffer from memory and concentration difficulties, which is largely due to the effects of pain and fatigue.
- Heightened Sensitivity – The pain associated with fibromyalgia can be so severe that even the touch of clothing to the skin can be unbearable and often times debilitating. Other issues with heightened sensitivity include bright light, touch, sounds, as well as odor sensitivity.
The condition of fibromyalgia is chronic, and most often sufferers undergo cycles that fluctuate between severe flare-ups to dealing with milder symptoms. While there is not currently a cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatment alternatives that can help fibromyalgia sufferers to take back control of their lives. The main objective is to come to grips with the condition that they/you have been diagnosed with and to have a deep understanding of their own personal symptoms and do the best they can (along with a physician) to treat those symptoms that individually affect them.
Options can include the use of prescription medications, chiropractic care, naturopathy, acupuncture, light massage, supplements, as well as the addition or avoidance of certain foods or chemicals. There are ways to regain control and start living life to the fullest, even after a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Be sure to research information and news about how to manage your symptoms and flare-ups. The goal is to be as knowledgeable as possible, so you can recognize when something is worse, or just isn’t right. Be sure to contact your doctor in the case of new symptoms or anything out of the “ordinary”.