Test Then Treat
It would be a little unwise to treat a condition based on just our assumptions and not based on an actual diagnosis. Google is a great resource but it is not the end all when it comes to determining what ailments your body may or may not be experiencing. Those who have a fear of medical professionals can often make up excuses as to why they do not need to see a medical professional. I myself can understand this I fear medical professionals and diagnosis but at the same time I fear not knowing as well.
Our health is the source of our being. When we do not feel well it becomes very difficult to maintain a normal schedule and keep up with daily responsibilities, this is why it is important to seek out medical care and attention as soon as your body begins to show signs that something may be amiss. Painful symptoms could overtime take the joy out of life and unless diagnosed and treated the only hope one would have is for more pain.
Fibromyalgia Painful But Treatable
The pain associated with fibromyalgia is body wide pains and may start in one location on the body and then spread. The body begins to experience painful sensations in what is called “tender points”. Tender points are located in areas where soft tissue is had so in areas like the knees, elbows, shoulders, shins and even the buttocks. Pain is felt in the joints, muscle and tendons. Besides the aching body other areas of life can be affected by this painful condition. Fibromyalgia has been linked to further complications such as sleep problems, fatigue, headaches, depression and even anxiety attacks. Why would want to live with these constant complications when there is another option.
The Diagnosis Process
In order for you to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia you must be experiencing pain in at least 11 out of 18 tender spots for at least three months. Tender Spot locations would include:
- Rib Cage
If the primary physician is still unsure of whether or not you the patient is suffering from fibromyalgia he or she might perform a tender point test. During this process, a doctor applies firm pressure to each of the 18 tender points along with control points. Tender points are located on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist. The tender points are concentrated in the neck area. With four tender points on the front and six tender points on the back making up a total of 10 in one general area. Other tender points are found close to, but not on the joints. There are tender points near each elbow, near each knee and four are located near the pelvis and hips.
Treatment Options For Fibromyalgia Relief
Upon further investigation the fibromyalgia patient might be surprised with just how many treatment options he or she has available to them. Much has been uncovered in the last decade regarding successful treatments that are noninvasive and medications free. Now fibromyalgia patients have the ability to seek relief without worrying about adverse side effects that are often connected with the use of medications.
Supplements – herbal supplements are one effective way to gain relief without worry. A few of the most commonly used supplements would be: Vitamin D, SAMe, Ribose, Magnesium and 5-HTP
Acupuncture – Acupuncture as a therapy originated as traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patents of energy that flow through the body are and essential to total body health. Acupuncture uses stimulation of specific acu-points on the skin by inserting needles that range in length from 1 cm to 10 cm. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 15 needles and the generally the acu-points vary during each treatment session.
Biofeedback – Biofeedback uses an electronic device to measure stress-related responses in the body. After much research biofeedback is able to help relieve many types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia. The electronic device is connected so that it can inform the fibromyalgia patient and the therapist when the patient is physically relaxing his or her body. Sensors are able to report muscle tension, heart rate, breathing patter, the amount sweat produced and body temperature