The Right Fibro Info At The Right Time
If you don’t know the warning signs or the triggers to your chronic condition of fibromyalgia, then you will be surprised every time that the condition puts you on your back and stops you from being productive. Yes, productivity is one of the most common losses that everyone with the condition of fibromyalgia tends to have. You can miss out of family events, errands that need running and of course job time lost. The sad part is no cure for the chronic condition of fibromyalgia in sight yet great strides have been made toward minimizing the symptoms and effects of the fibromyalgia through the use of herbal supplements and remedies. Now natural means of fibromyalgia treatment are now becoming more common so that you can find an alternative to prescription drugs. Now I’m not suggesting that all prescription meds are bad but there are no specific meds designed for fibromyalgia, thus the ones used come with a number of side effects, which can be hurtful to the fibromyalgia sufferer.
Getting Tested And Tested Right
You do not want to be wrongly diagnosed so it is best to learn of all the various methods, approaches and tests that a physician may do to diagnose accurately. Everyone who suffers fromfibromyalgia has heard of the tender points test. This is a test where doctors apply pressure to 18 locations on the body; eleven of these 18 tender points needs to be reacted to for a positive fibromyalgia diagnosis. The patient must also have experienced widespread body pain for a minimum of three months; however, recently a new idea has come up to diagnose fibromyalgia that can help pinpoint an accurate diagnosis at a quicker pace.
The new in office test takes a widespread pain index coupled with a symptom severity scale should help lead to more diagnoses and treatment. The pain index is a 19 item checklist. The possible fibromyalgia sufferer marks the number of body parts when pain has been experienced during the last week. The symptom scale puts together the three most complain about symptoms, un-refreshing sleep, fatigue and cognitive issues. These symptoms are rated on a scale of zero to three. The new test is actually effective in diagnosing fibromyalgia without any physical exam. The symptoms of fibromyalgia are important and that is what this condition relies upon to diagnose. According to research, the tender points test was actually not ever designed to be a diagnostic test for fibromyalgia. It was designed more as a guideline to assist doctors in diagnosing. Overall, it seems that this diagnostic test will be able to treat more potential fibromyalgia sufferers in learning what exactly is causing them so much pain and fatigue.
Helping You Heal And Smell Better
You do not have to live in and with chronic fibromyalgia pain there are treatment options. Though there is no known cure at this time for fibromyalgia, there are still things a fibromyalgia suffer can do to help relieve the severe and limiting symptoms of fibromyalgia. One treatment option is the use of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular because of the effects that aromatherapy appears to have on pain sensation and mood. Aromatherapy is administered in different ways which can include: Inhalation and dilution through:
- Massage Oils
- Water Sprays
- Bath Salts
Not every fibromyalgia sufferer endures the same types of pain, therefore specified treatment is needed to bring about the desired amount of relief and the following list should prove to be helpful:
i. Pain Relief: spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, and peppermint Side note: Spike lavender along with peppermint and helichrysum together has anti-inflammatory properties.
ii. Stress / Anxiety: frankincense, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine
iii. Sleep Improvement: lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile
iv. Headaches: peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile, lavender (a peppermint stick that you can buy at a drug store also works exceptionally well when rubbed on your temples for headaches)
v. Increased Circulation: rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium
vi. Increase Energy: lemon, grapefruit, geranium
vii. Relaxation: lavender, chamomile, jasmine
- Minimizing Sore Joints and Muscles: black pepper, eucalyptus, peppermint, juniper