Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal
system and causes pain, uneasiness and tiredness. It is a
chronic condition that causes a great amount of anguish for
the sufferer. It can affect anyone but is mainly common in
middle aged women.
What Exactly Is It?
Fibromyalgia is an illness
that affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can cause
aches and pain but can also worsen other conditions or bear
side-effects that can have a seriously damaging affect on
health which can present with many improbable symptoms.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
It was thought in the past
that this condition was caused by an inflammatory problem
but it has been proved through research that there is no inflammation
or damage to nerves present in this disorder.
The truth is experts are still
uncertain as to why this condition develops at all. Sufferers
of rheumatoid arthritis appear to be more at risk of being
diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Signs and Symptoms
Fibromyalgia has many symptoms,
the main ones being pain and aching of the muscles, low energy
and changes and disturbances to sleeping patterns.
Muscles can feel fatigued and can cause most of the body to
Numerous sufferers of fibromyalgia
have reported increased pain at certain points on their body
such as the shoulders, elbows and knees. This pain can at
times reveal itself as ‘tenderness’ and is a definitive
part of being able to make an official diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
The person’s ability
to perform daily tasks and routines can be affected by tiredness
and fatigue; it may be partly because of the sleep pattern
disturbances that can happen. This can also lead to feeling
low, poor appetite and feeling uneasy.
Other symptoms can include
bowel and bladder problems and extreme tingling and numbness.
Before considering any type
of treatment it is necessary that an accurate diagnosis is
made to make certain you have no other conditions which may
need a different treatment.
The first treatment is to
make sure that pain levels are looked at. To keep pain at
a reasonable level, over the counter drugs should be sufficient
Fibromvalgia is a long term
chronic condition and after some time the effect of the painkillers
can become reduced, which is why it is better not to rely
on the stronger varieties of medication at the early stages,
this should be explained to the sufferer.
If compared to other areas,
there is an elevated level of pain present in certain areas
like the shoulders or the elbows, a local anaesthetic or steroids
can be used to treat these. They will need prescribing and
can only be administered by a professional.
If the sufferer suffers from
sleeping disturbances, to overcome these troubles, medication
can be used to treat it. Issues with bladders and bowels may
also need to be looked at.
Alternative therapies such
as relaxation techniques and massage could be useful to try
and deal with aches and tiredness.
If pain levels increase due
to these methods being unsuccessful, anti-depressants and
stronger medication could help the person handle their illness
Fibromyalgia is a chronic
condition that can have severe and depressing effects on a
sufferer’s daily life. The person should try to discover
ways to cope with the disorder in order to uphold a good quality