What is Fibromyalgia & How to Management it’s Symptoms

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May 15, 2020 0 Comment

What is Fibromyalgia & How to Management it’s Symptoms

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and tenderness, which is usually accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. It’s poorly understood because of its symptom’s similarities to other disorders, but research shows that it’s likely caused by nerve ending damage. You’re more likely to get Fibromyalgia if a family member has it, it can be aggravated by an infection or disease, it can be triggered by physical or emotional trauma, or it can be a shortage of the hormones serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine in your body. Fibromyalgia has no cure, there are only ways of coping with it, which we’ll be going over.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia also causes a number of symptoms, such as:

  • fatigue
  • lack of energy
  • trouble sleeping
  • depression or anxiety
  • memory problems and trouble concentrating
  • headaches
  • muscle twitches or cramps
  • numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • itching, burning, and other skin problems

Non-Invasive Treatment for Fibromyalgia 

Physical therapy can teach you exercises to help improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina without aggravating your Fibromyalgia. Occupational therapy will help you make adjustments to your work area or how you do certain tasks that’ll put less stress on your body. Counseling will help you feel more confident in your abilities and teach you strategies for dealing with stressful situations. Acupuncture can also help relieve stress and pain, but it’s not for everyone, as it involves having needles inserted into specific pressure points.

Exercise!

Most people who develop Fibromyalgia aren’t very fit, so it’s doubly important to get some exercise in. Exercise will both help you lose weight and also release endorphins into your body, which act as a natural painkiller and mood booster. Yoga is a good way to start exercising, as it’s easy, slow, and relaxing. Although it was found that resistance training (like push-ups and sit-ups) and Tai Chi (martial arts defense training) were highly effective in reducing symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Just remember to start off slow and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your exercises.

What Your Doctor Might Say

If you’re still experiencing pain, then you will more likely talk to your doctor about medication. They’ll likely prescribe you pain relievers, antidepressants, or anti-seizure drugs. You can find pain relievers over the counter, such as Tylenol, Advil, Mortrin, and your doctor might prescribe Ultram. Antidepressants, such as Cymbalta, or Savella can help ease pain and fatigue, but be mindful these drugs typically come with a list of side effects as well. Doctors tend to prescribe medication before exhausting alternative methods first. We also recommend non-invasive and a comprehensive approach before taking pills. Adding chemicals into the body before letting it heal on its own naturally can cause an off-balance that some may not be able to recover.