Are you living with chronic pain that won't go away? You can't sleep at night. Fibromyalgia (FM) affects your bones and muscles with stiffness and tenderness, which leaves you extremely worn out from the pain and lack of sleep. It affects your softer tissues, as well as your joints in the neck, shoulder, pelvic, Hands and most any area. This is a disorder referred to as Fibromyalgia or Chronic Bone Pain. The pain will intensify over time.
There are many symptoms affecting Fibromyalgia.
Pain â€“ The pain is intense and crippling. There is sharp shooting, pain, tingling, burning, associated with the chronic pain. Pain is worse in the morning, and dependent on the weather, physical and mental fatigue, which adds to the anxiety and stress.
Fatigue â€“but it is far worse than just tired, it leaves the person totally exhausted unable to do simple daily activities.
Sleep Problems- Sleep disorders that keep them from sleeping, or resting.
Other Problems â€“ Irritable bowel or bladder syndrome, Restless Legs, headaches, impaired memory, rashes, dizziness and neurologic symptoms.
Since there is no real tests for detection on fibromyalgia, doctors are reliant on history of the patient, to them what they need to know, a physical exam. And manual tender point exam. A patient waits for an average of five years to be properly diagnosed for FM. Consideration of rheumatoid arthritis or lupus is taken into consideration. To be tested you have to have pain all over for at least three months with tenderness in 11-18 points with pressure applied.
There are no clues to what causes FM. Most agree it's a disease of the central processing system. The pain is caused by abnormal sensory processing. Recent studies are showing it to be a genetic disease, generally caused by trauma set off by injury or illness, triggered by unknown physiological problems. Researchers are just now starting to research what is because such pain.
There will be a need for a change in lifestyle. Treatment will include: Pain management - over the counter medications, antidepressants, Lidocaine injections, benzodiazepines, gentle exercise and stretching to relieve muscle stiffness, are some options.
Sleep changes include: Improved sleep, getting up/going to bed at same time, quiet environment, supportive bed, and room temperature. Gentle exercise before bed helps with relaxation before sleep.
Psychological support including: emotional support, increased communication, and support groups. Other treatments include: physical therapy, massage, aerobics, relaxation exercise, breathing and chiropractic and Counseling. The outlook for patients is better than ever with improvement for quality of life. Diagnosis and treatment is better than ever, and patients tend to get better over time with a change in lifestyle.