Tips to Help You Cope with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by
widespread pain, general feelings of fatigue and multiple
tender points all over the body.
For some people, fibromyalgia can become so severe that it
interferes with normal daily activities. There is no single
cause of fibromyalgia and in fact the cause may be individual
to the person.
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because there is no
definite lab test or other diagnostic test for fibromyalgia.
The doctor will make a diagnosis based upon the patient’s
symptoms and the location of the tender spots on the body.
In addition to chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia can
cause the following symptoms:
· Restless legs syndrome
· Sleep disturbances
· Morning stiffness
· Irritable bowel syndrome
· Painful menstrual periods
· Numbness or tingling of the arms and
· Temperature sensitivity
· Cognitive and memory problems
· A variety of other symptoms.
Studies have shown that as many as one in every fifty
Americans will be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Between eighty
and ninety percent of those diagnosed will be women. Most
people will be diagnosed with fibromyalgia when they reach
middle age, but sometimes the symptoms can become present
earlier in life.
Certain rheumatic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis,
lupus or spinal arthritis will put a person at a higher risk
for fibromyalgia. There may be a hereditary link with
fibromyalgia, but that has not been proven 100% as of yet.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, there are a
few things you can do to ease your symptoms. One of the best
things you can do for yourself is to practice moderation.
On those days that you feel energetic, don’t overdo it by
trying to get everything done at once. This will just wear you
out and make your fibromyalgia symptoms worse. On the flip
side, don’t focus on your condition and think that you now have
to give up all of your daily activities. Inactivity can be just
as damaging as over activity. Moderation is the key.
The other thing that you should do to help your fibromyalgia
symptoms is try to reduce the stress in your life. Stress seems
to make your symptoms worse so examine your life and determine
what causes stress in your life and try to do things to change
So there you have some great information on what
fibromyalgia is and who is most likely to develop it. The best
thing you can do for yourself to prevent it from happening to
you is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, drink plenty of
water, supplement your diet with nutritional supplements and get
exercise. Give your body the ammunition that it needs to
fight off conditions such as fibromyalgia.