The Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia Can Be Treated
Fibromyalgia is characterized by one thing – pain. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors. It would be safe to say that with twelve million sufferers fibromyalgia is a common syndrome.
Body-wide pain is often hard to clarify and give specifics of when it seems as though the pain is being felt everywhere, but in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia there has to be some type of specifications that are particular to or belong only with this condition, one would hope. The pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia is most commonly felt in the soft tissue, muscle, tendons and joints. Soft tissue is located in several spots on the body such as: the elbow, neck, back, knees, shins, hips and shoulders. The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day. The painful spots on the body are referred to as tender spots and are felt in the various locations we have already mentioned. The pain will start in a location such as the knee and then spread out to include the whole leg. The pain or feelings that correspond with fibromyalgia have been described as a:
- Deep Ache
- Shooting Pain
- Burning Pain
- Painful Joints
- Numbness And Tingling in the hands and feet
The painful sensations mentioned are felt in areas of the body where soft tissue exists and soft tissues exist in eighteen different places on the body. The following is only a few of the places where soft tissue predominates and where fibromyalgia pain could be felt.
- Rib Cage
Fibromyalgia and pain are often simultaneous and the fibromyalgia patient struggles on a daily basis with symptoms like: muscle spasms, muscle weakness, nerve pain, twitching and even occasional palpations along. The frustrating part about fibromyalgia is that the symptoms are only one painful aspect of this condition. Fibromyalgia comes with other life complications that have been known to leave serious and even permanent effects on the body.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is beneficial to the patient on so many levels but the main benefit has to do with the relief that can come with treating fibromyalgia once a correct diagnosis has been made. Fibromyalgia and its symptoms are similar to Lupus as well as various forms of arthritis so taking the steps needed to diagnosis fibromyalgia can help speed up the treatment process.
Treating fibromyalgia is the only way a fibromyalgia sufferer can and will find relief. Sadly there is no known cure for fibromyalgia at this time thus making the diagnosing of this condition even more heartbreaking. With so many mysteries surrounding the condition known as fibromyalgia treatment options are often by trial and error. Studies have shown that there are several treatments that fibromyalgia patients can apply that will help ease the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia somewhat. Two of those treatments would include:
- 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.
- Massage Therapy – The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience.