Regaining Control After A Diagnosis Of Fibromyalgai
A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is not one that is fatal, nor is it a diagnosis which necessarily has to change the course of life as it is known. There are ways that Fibromyalgia sufferers can deal with the symptoms of the condition as well as maintain an overall good quality of life. Fibromylagia is diagnosed once other conditions or diseases have been ruled out and once two specific criteria have been met. These two criteria include (1) pain that is widespread and constant and has lasted for a period of at least 3 months, and (2) the determination of at least 11 of 18 specific Tender Point locations. The treatment options for Fibromyalgia is often best approached with a multifaceted treatment plan. However, before symptoms relief can be attained through treatment the symptoms that are common to Fibromyalgia must be more fully understood.
First of all it is important to note that each person diagnosed with Fibromyalgia will experience differing levels of symptoms that occur with the condition. This is why the diagnosis process can be so long and frustrating because the list of symptoms can be varied. However, among the common Fibromyalgai symptoms there are two categories which these symptoms fall into, either primary symptoms or secondary symptoms.
- Primary Symptoms – The primary symptoms are subdivide into four specific symptoms (1) extreme pain located over the entire body, (2) the presences of overly sensitive Tender Points, (3) Symptoms of fatigue, depression, and/or anxiety, as well as (4) Bladder and/or bowel problems.
- Secondary Symptoms – The secondary symptoms that occur with Fibromyalgai can include headaches, memory and/or concentration difficulties, stiffness, sensitivities to light and/or sound, poor circulation, painful menstruations, jaw pain, breathing issues, and many other symptoms that are far too many to list.
Again the treatment options when it comes to Fibromyalgai should be approached as a multifaceted plan. Finding what works for each Fibromyalgia sufferer on an individual basis that will provide them with relief is the best form of treatment when it comes to the condition of Fibromyalgia. However a few of the most common forms of treatment are listed as follows:
- Traditional Medicine – prescription medications such as Anti-seizure drugs, Analgesics, and even Antidepressants are commonly used to help reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. While there are most certainly times when these medications are needed and necessary it should be warned that many of these prescription medications can cause negative side effects or become habit forming to the individual who is taking them.
- Nutrition – believe it or not nutrition can play a large role in the treatment of Fibromyalgai. There are many different foods or nutrients which have been proven by research to either help reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia or those that might exacerbate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and should thus be avoided. A few of the specific items which should be avoided are caffeine, additives such as preservatives or colorings, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharine. A few items which should be added to the nutritional intake of a Fibromyalgai suffere in order to help decrease symptoms are fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and well as foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Supplements – in addition to watching the nutritional intake of certain foods or nutrients, the adding of supplements to the daily diet can greatly reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and help provide some relief to the Fibromyalgai sufferer. Some of the most commonly used supplements are Brown Seaweed Extract, 5-HTP, Magnesium, B-Complex Vitamins, Fish Oil, SAMe, Vitamin D, as well as Ribose.
- Lifestyle Changes – there are specific lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce the amount of symptoms that are felt by a Fibromyalgai sufferer. It is important for the Fibromyalgai suffer to maintain control of sleep, diet, exercise, as well as their overall emotional well-being in order to help decrease the symptoms.
- Alternative Treatments – the treatment options that fall under the alternative category of providing Fibromyalgai symptom relief can be beneficial if given a chance. The multifaceted approach to Fibromyalgia treatment includes finding what works best on a personal level. Some of the alternative options include the use of massage therapy, chiropractic care, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, homeopathy therapies, physiotherapy or even Tai chi and Yoga.