Questions About Fibromyalgai
Many times the condition of Fibromyalgai raises many more questions than it ever does answers. This can be highly frustrating for those who are trying to find a diagnosis or for those who have already been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgai. The important thing to remember is that while many people view the condition of Fibromyalgai as being “all in the head” it is a real medical condition with real medical symptoms and treatment options must be carefully considered. The following is a list of some of the most common questions about Fibromyalgia in an attempt to make individuals more aware of the condition of Fibromyalgia. Knowledge is the key to many things, and knowledge of the condition of Fibromyalgai will only help those who suffer from the condition to be able to understand it better and in turn find more successful treatment options.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
The condition of Fibromyalgia is medically defined as syndrome and not a disease. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms, signs, as well as medical problems that tend to occur together but are not necessarily related to a specific or identifiable cause. The term “Fibromyalgai” can be broken down to better explain the condition in that Fibro means fibrous tissue, my means muscle, and algia means pain. Thus the actual term for the condition defines the common characteristics which are fibrous muscle tissue pain.
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
There are certain criteria that must be met in order to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgai to be given to an individual. According to the American College of Rheumatology a person can be diagnosed if all other conditions have been ruled out and they have the following symptoms (1) pain in at least 11 of 18 individual Tender Points, and (2) Chronic pain that has lasted for a period of at least 3 months or longer.
What are the Symptoms?
The two main symptoms of Fibromyalgai include chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as extreme fatigue. However, other symptoms that are commonly associated with the condition of Fibromyalgai can include muscle and joint stiffness, sleep problems, headaches or facial pain, muscle weakness, confusion or memory lapses, digestive problems, restless leg syndrome, as well as mood disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Are there any Medications which can make Fibromyalgia Pain Worse?
If there is one thing that any Fibromyalgai sufferer wants to avoid at all costs it is the possibility of exacerbating their symptoms or making them worse. There is some research that has suggested that there are two categories of medication which should be avoided by Fibromyalgai sufferers whenever possible:
- ACE Inhibitors – generally speaking ACE inhibitors are used to treat high blood pressure, but in turn can increase Substance P (which means increase pain perception) therefore if ACE inhibitors are suggested because of the need to treat high blood pressure an excellent alternative would be switching to an ARB inhibitor as well as changing the diet in order to help reduce high blood pressure.
- Statins – usually used to help lower cholesterol can also cause increased pain in Fibromyalgai sufferers. Excellent alternatives to those who are needing assistance with cholesterol lowering but also suffer from Fibromyalgai is the use of Coenzyme Q10, and of course changes in diet and exercise which will help to decrease the total number of cholesterol as well.
How is Fibromyalgai Treated?
Because Fibromyalgia sufferers will all have varying degrees of symptoms the condition can be extremely difficult to treat. There is no one size fits all approach to Fibromyalgia treatment; instead it is best to approach treatment options that are more personalized for each individual Fibromyalgai sufferer. Some of the most common forms of treatment for Fibromyalgia include prescription medications, supplemental therapies, as well as treatment which include lifestyle changes, or alternative treatments.
- Prescription Medications – can include the use of Analgesics, Nonhormoneal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Antidepressants, as well as Benzodiazepines and other medications.
- Supplemental Therapies – can include the use of Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Ribose, Magnesium, Brown Seaweed Extract, as well as 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).
- Lifestyle Changes – should include regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, changes that will help to improve sleep & reduce fatigue, as well as the general practice of reducing or elimination of stress wherever possible.
- Alternative Treatments – can include the use of chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, or movement therapies (such as Pilates or Relaxation Techniques).