Understanding A Little More About Fibromyalgia
The condition of Fibromyalgai is one that is often times misunderstood, and even more frustrating the diagnosis can be difficult to pinpoint. A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia can be difficult to pinpoint because there are no specific tests (such as x-rays or labs) which exist to specifically show a physician that Fibromyalgia is the cause of a patient symptoms.
What are the Symptoms?
Commonly the symptoms of Fibromyalgai are both pain and fatigue. The pain is felt by chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that is often described by Fibromyalgai patients as a dull ache that surrounds the muscle of the entire body. It is thought that the condition of Fibromyalgai intensifies any of the normal pain sensations by affecting the way these sensations are processed by the brain. Other symptoms that are common among Fibromyalgai sufferers are memory or concentration difficulties, headaches, anxiety, depression, mood changes, sleep difficulties, fatigue, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Many times Fibromyalgia patients will get into a vicious cycle of pain decreasing the sleep and the lack of sleep increasing the fatigue and pain.
How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
Fibromyalgai is diagnosed when other conditions have been ruled out and when two very specific criteria have been met. The criteria that must be met are (1) widespread and chronic pain that has lasted for at least 3 months and (2) the pinpointing of at least 11 of 18 of the Tender Points. These Tender points are specific points on the body where when firm pressure is applied additional pain is experienced.) Some of the most common tender point locations which can be extremely sensitive in Fibromyalgia patients are the following bilateral points:
- Back of the head
- Between the shoulder blades
- Front sides of the neck
- Upper Chest
- Outer elbows
- Upper hips
- Sides of hips
- Inner knees
What Causes Fibromyalgai?
Unfortunately the causes of Fibromyalgai are not currently fully understood. However, there do seem to be a few contributing factors that commonly take place in those who are more prone to experiencing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Some of the factors that seem to play a role in the diagnosis of Fibromyalgai are:
- Genetics – seem to play a role because Fibromyalgia tends to run within families, so if a person has family member with the disorder it is much more likely that they too would have certain genetic predispositions to developing Fibromyalgia. Gender also seems to play a role in Fibromyalgia because females tend to be diagnosed much more often than males.
- Infections – certain infections, especially those like rheumatic diseases, seem to trigger or exacerbate Fibromyalgai and its symptoms.
- Physical or Emotional Traumas – have also been linked to triggering Fibromyalgai symptoms in individuals. Post traumatic disorders or individuals who have experienced extreme emotional or psychological stress related incidences are more prone to have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
While many individuals may notice that symptoms of Fibromyalgai do begin after a physical trauma, infections, surgery, or other “trigger”, symptoms can also occur gradually over time with no single event that seems to trigger the Fibromyalgai symptoms.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Because there is no cure for Fibromyalgai, the condition itself isn’t treated but the symptoms of the condition of Fibromyalgia are treated. It is important to understand that the symptoms of Fibromyalgai are vast, and each individual Fibromyalgai suffer will experience differing degrees of pain and or other symptoms that may occur. Once other conditions have been ruled out and a proper diagnosis of Fibromyalgai has been made, the best form of treatment is one that will provide symptom relief for the individual Fibromyalgai sufferer. Options to choose from when it comes to treating Fibromyalgai symptoms include the use of prescription medications (such as Antidepressants, Analgesics, or even Anti-seizure drugs), as well as treatment options like therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, biofeedback or massage.
Treating Fibromyalgai with Supplements
Another option for treatment when it comes to Fibromyalgia symptoms is the use of supplements or herbal remedies. Supplements or Herbal Remedies which have been proven to aid in decreasing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are an excellent alternative to using prescription medications which can cause negative side effects or even worse become habit forming in the individual who is taking them. Some of the most commonly used supplements or herbal remedies for treating Fibromyalgai are Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Magnesium, Capsaicin, Ribose, B-Complex Vitamins, 5-HTP, or Brown Seaweed Extract.