About 10 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia. It is a very common condition. There are even people who have it but aren’t aware of its presence. There are also doctors who can’t recognize fibromyalgia in a patient and often misdiagnose him/her.
It’s very important to know whether you have this condition so that you could relieve yourself from the pain as well as the unpleasant symptoms.
The condition can’t be cured, but some medicines, cognitive-behavioral therapies as well as gentle exercise can help you.
Muscle pain is the first thing that people think of when they hear about fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia also feel tenderness to touch which spreads throughout their body as well as many other problems. This is a condition that affects their emotional, mental physical health.
CAUSES AND DIAGNOSIS
It still isn’t clear what causes fibromyalgia. You can’t prevent this condition, but you can control it. You just have to be aware that you have it.
There isn’t a test that doctors can use to diagnose fibromyalgia. The doctor only asks the patient whether he/she experiences some of the symptoms below.
The doctor also performs various tests and methods like an antinuclear antibody, blood count, rheumatoid factor, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, thyroid test, MRI and X-rays.
Here are the most common symptoms. In case you’ve noticed some of them, visit a specialist.
MUSCLE AND BODY
-Tender and lumpy breasts
-Mild to severe pain which may spread to other parts of the body
PROBLEMS WITH SLEEPING
-Hypnic jerk (otherwise known as the feeling of falling while sleeping)
-Difficulty sleeping/Broken sleeping pattern, you feel very tired and lethargic every morning
-Muscle twitching during sleep
SINUS & ALLERGY PROBLEMS
-A runny nose as well as postnasal drip
-Shortness of breath
-Earaches and itchy ears
-Sensitivity to molds and yeasts as well as allergies
DIGESTION AND STOMACH ISSUES
-Irritable bowel syndrome
-Pelvic pain, nausea, abdominal cramps and bloating
SENSITIVITY AND SENSORY PROBLEMS
Difficulty seeing in night driving and low lighting
Increased sensitivity to climate changes, light, noise, smells, pressure, and temperature
-Language impairments as well as difficulty speaking familiar words
-Poor coordination and balance
-Burning and tingling in the upper limbs
-Zone out often, short-term memory, difficulty differentiating between some color shades and difficulty with concentration
-Directional difficulties, difficulty recognizing familiar surroundings
-Loss of libido
-PMS as well as other menstrual problems
-Pain similar to a heart attack
SKIN, HAIR, AND NAILS
-Overly-ridged nails or nails which curve under
-Skin which appears mottled, bruises or scars easily
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
-Mood swings and unexplained irritability
-Anxiety, depression, panic attack
-Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
-Headaches and migraines
-Carbohydrate and chocolate cravings
All of the abovementioned signs can also mean that you have another condition, so don’t be afraid, For example, PMS, cravings, frequent mood swings and headaches don’t only signify fibromyalgia.
Just consult your doctor. Don’t conclude anything yourself.
NATURAL TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA
THESE ARE SOME TIPS THAT CAN HELP YOU ALLEVIATE THE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA IN A NATURAL WAY:
-try mindful breathing
-practice tai chi
-go to massages
-use anti-inflammatory herbs like for example, turmeric, garlic and ginger
-consume organic, whole, anti-inflammatory foods
-take magnesium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D supplements
-do light exercises