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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

A simple overview of

a complicated condition

by Connie Comadoll


Choose an area to learn more

Choose an area to learn more

What is it?

Symptoms

Treatments

Title Page /

Quit


What is fibromyalgia what causes it

What is Fibromyalgia?What causes it?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects primarily woman between the ages of 25 and 40. There is little known about its cause, but in recent years, research has produced a few theories.


Physical trauma

Physical Trauma

Car Accident

Physical or sexual abuse

Life-threatening Illness

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder


Bacterial or viral infection

Bacterial or Viral Infection

Infection can cause immune system to go into a hyper mode

From Hepatitis B or C


Genetic chemical imbalances

Genetic /Chemical Imbalances

Abnormalities in the Hypothalamus, Thyroid, Pituitary and Adrenal Glands

Central Nervous System abnormalities

Much higher levels of Substance P – brain/pain neuro-chemical

Low levels of Cortisol and/or Serotonin


Environmental

Environmental

Allergic reactions

Chemical hypersensitivity


What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is not life threatening in the sense that it will not cause death, but for many the symptoms threaten their quality of life to the point of being debilitating.

Severity of symptoms vary for each person, but most patients agree that the following affect them most adversely.


Widespread pain and muscle stiffness

Widespread Pain and Muscle Stiffness

All over muscle pain

Usually to some degree everyday.

Worst pain can migrate around body.

Muscle stiffness worst in the morning upon waking.

May diminish as day goes on, but usually not completely.


Fatigue

Fatigue

Extreme fatigue even in the morning

Many experience disrupted sleep - waking during night either for no reason or from the pain


Brain fog

Brain-Fog

Confusion and forgetfulness

Trouble with paying attention

Concentration difficulty

Feeling of being “out of it”


Other symptoms

Other symptoms

Restless Legs – achiness and irritability in the legs

Paresthesis – “pins and needles” primarily in legs, hands or feet

Tinnitus – high-pitched ringing in the ears


What is the treatment

What is the treatment?

Although there is no “magic bullet” to treat Fibromyalgia, there are some good options for controlling the pain and other symptoms so that you can still have a productive life.


Medications

Medications

OTC (over-the-counter)

Pain relievers

Antihistamines

Topical remedies

Prescription

Muscle relaxants

Painkillers

Narcotics


Exercise movement

Exercise / Movement

Low impact aerobic exercise

Water exercise

Slow stretching

Yoga

Walking


Hands on therapies

Hands-on Therapies

Massage

Heat therapies – heating pads, steamy shower, hot tub

Cold therapies – ice packs, cool shower


Alternative

Alternative

Chiropractic

Acupuncture

Vitamin supplements

Homeopathy

Magnet therapy


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