One Of The Unlucky Ones
If you are one of the unlucky people to struggle with fibromyalgia, then you should pay attention to the info contained in this article. Chronic fibro sufferers have a number of things they can do to ease the pain and symptoms felt from the fibromyalgia but perhaps you are new to the whole of fibromyalgia; let me give you some basic info that you may or may not know. Fibromyalgia affects everyday mobility by attacking the muscle, bones and joints connecting the two and the joints by which they are the tenderest are called tender points. There are 18 of these points with 10 of them residing in the neck and if pain and chronic fatigue is felt in these points for more than 3 months, then chances are you have the incurable, chronic syndrome of fibromyalgia.
A Story Of Hope
Here is story I read in an article recently, hopefully it will help you know that life with fibromyalgia is livable. A certain man, who will remain nameless, has lived with fibromyalgia since 1996. It struck him suddenly when he was in his 50s. His kids were grown up and he finally had the time to focus on his work but the work became too stressful and he had to quit. Since that time, he has learned to slow down and listen to his body. If he works on an activity, like gardening, he does it for an hour and then takes a break, sits down to do some other activity, or relax. He still has pain from time to time but no guilt feelings about it anymore. He loves his work but his work schedule is where it should be – three days a week and no more. With this schedule, he is able to take more time with his spouse and friends. He now finds time to do the things he loves. Even though he still has fibromyalgia, he has found that his life is a much healthier way to live.
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.
It Can Be Addictive
Anti-inflammatory medications are available both as prescriptions and over-the-counter. These prescription medications can help reduce the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers go through as a result of excessive physical activity among other conditions. They should only be taken as needed and when absolutely necessary one example would be the drug known as pain meds. pain meds is a narcotic-like pain prescription medication. pain meds is designed to help alleviate many kinds of pain in the moderate to severe category such as the pain of fibromyalgia. It is important to note that pain meds may be habit forming; take pain meds exactly as prescribed. pain meds can be prescribed in several different pill forms. A patient should only take one kind. Also pain meds can be taken either with or without food, but should be taken consistently the same way. Common side effects of pain meds should not become bothersome or persistent. Many people are able to take pain meds with little to no side effects. It is important to speak to a doctor if any side effects do become bothersome or persistent.
Help Through Supplements
Instead of risking your health by taking a prescription that wasn’t necessarily made for fibromyalgia, you might want to take some supplements as studies have shown that most fibro patients have deficiencies in certain supplements. Here are a few of them:
v Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is proving that Brown Seaweed extract (a supplement) is proving highly successful in the fight against chronic pain. Studies have shown that taking Brown Seaweed extract can reduce joint pain and stiffness by as much as 52% and individuals notice these benefits within only one week of beginning treatment.
v Magnesium – Can aid in relief from Fibromyalgia because when taken as an additional supplement it can help to reduce the muscle spasms, weakness, and back pain that are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
v SAMe – This particular supplement is a synthetic form of a compound which the body naturally produces. It is needed for immune function and plays a key role in the forming of cartilage and DNA. Research has shown that SAMe can lessen the symptoms of chronic pain as well as boost an individual’s spirits (good for those also experiencing depression).