Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia
Just as the condition known as Fibromyalgia creates a host of symptoms, it has a host of possible causes. And yet, physicians agree that they cannot yet point to one single “cause” behind it. For example, some say that Fibromyalgia is simply a neurological issue that causes an abnormal pain response. Some say that it relates to thyroid trouble, and others indicate it as a fatigue condition.
Regardless of what may or may not be causing it, the list of things you experience when you have Fibromyalgia can include:
- Back and neck pain;
- Underactive thyroid;
- Sleep disorders;
- Tender points; and
- Aching joints.
Many patients living with Fibromyalgia will start each day with a groan because the condition seems worse in the mornings. There is stiffness to the point of near immobility and there is even daylong pain associated with the condition. Often this makes it hard to determine if emotional turmoil is due to fatigue and discomfort or is something related to the condition.
The same can be said of the sleep disorders so often associated with the issue too. Many patients actually feel that they could do better if they could just get a good night’s sleep; and this is a common complaint/concern.
What to Do
If you have been officially diagnosed with this issue the first thing to do is to seek out a physician who will help you develop a reasonable form of therapy. This is the one sure way to reduce the symptoms and to help your mind to clear. For example, you can work with a physical therapist during weekly sessions to ensure you remain mobile. You can also participate in exercise programs such as gentle yoga and stretching. You also want to find ways of reducing emotional stress as this is known to reduce symptoms as well.
When working with a knowledgeable physician, however, you may come to realize that you do need some medical intervention. This could include the use of prescription medications that can combat muscle spasms, seizures, depression, pain, and disrupted sleep. These are not “last resort” techniques, so do not hesitate to employ them if your doctor believes they are essential to your treatment. You should also accept recommendations for psychological counseling too as this can help with pain, limitations, and emotional turmoil triggered by such a mysterious and challenging diagnosis. You should also know that support groups for Fibromyalgia are very helpful for those with any sort of long-term condition.
Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon and writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.