Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating and painful condition. It has the potential to result in pain that radiates throughout the body, fatigue, memory loss, and countless other issues. Although there is currently no known cure for this condition, it is possible to treat the symptoms that it can cause. This can help individuals affected by it to live a normal, healthy life.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have this condition, contact Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic today. We can offer you medical advice, evaluate your symptoms, and help you explore treatment options.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition. Researchers believe that it affects the way the body experiences pain, which can alter common sensations, converting them into painful ones. The most characteristic symptom of this condition is pain that originates within the connective tissue of the body. The shoulders, arms, hips and knees are some of the more commonly affected areas.
It is worth noting that fibromyalgia is not arthritis. Both conditions cause pain, arthritis does so from increased inflammation in the joints. Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects how you feel without manifesting itself physically.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Quite simply, the main symptom of this disorder is pain. This pain tends to exist without swelling or signs of trauma, which making diagnosis relatively difficult. Fatigue, headaches and nausea are other frequent symptoms associated with this disorder. Noticeable symptoms range from minor nuisances to debilitating problems.
Other symptoms of this condition include
- Difficulty moving upon waking
- Headaches and migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive conditions
- Memory problems
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Trouble sleeping
Fibromyalgia affects more than 5 million Americans. It primarily affects women — 80 to 90 percent of the people affected by it are female.
Women with relatives who have fibromyalgia may be more likely to develop the disorder than other people. The reason for this is unknown, but researchers suspect that this revolves around a genetic predisposition for an increased sensitivity to pain.
By treating some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, patients tend to experience a marked increase in their quality of life.
Positive lifestyle changes for individuals with this condition include
- Acquiring more restful sleep
- Committing to a regular exercise regimen
- Eating a nutritionally sound diet
- Reducing stress
Treatments are available to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia
Since this condition affects everyone differently, it is important to opt for a personalized treatment plan. Our experts will work with you to help reduce your symptoms through lifestyle changes and the use of medication.
If you are having difficulty managing your condition or have questions about treatment options, contact us today. Our trained doctors can provide a customized treatment plan to meet your needs, or point you in the direction of someone that can.