Fibromyalgia is a multi-faceted pain disorder that affects an estimated 5 million adults. Fibromyalgia is more common among people that are middle aged and is more likely to occur in women than men. If you have experienced severe physical or emotional trauma due to automobile accident, prior history of chronic illness or injury you are at a higher risk for developing fibromyalgia. People affected by various types of arthritis, lupus and other pain disorders are also more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than people with no prior history of fibromyalgia.
While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, there are many treatment approaches to managing each unique set of symptoms. People suffering from fibromyalgia may suffer from one or several symptoms. Symptoms will vary in intensity, duration and are usually most severe when waking.
- Acute or widespread pain with no other known cause
- Stiffness or muscle weakness
- Muscle soreness or tenderness
- Neurological issues
- Tingling or burning sensations
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of endurance or stamina
- Diminished cognitive ability or interruptions in concentration
- Impaired memory
- Dizziness and other vision impairments
- Changes in skin sensitivity or rash
- Pelvic pain and changes in bowel movements
- Irritable or overactive bladder
People suffering from fibromyalgia may also have an array of secondary symptoms such as anxiety and depression and diminished interest or motivation to participate in daily activities. Stress frequently worsens symptoms.
Working closely with a medical professional with specialized experience treating fibromyalgia is important to increase your chances of reducing fibromyalgia’s effects.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
- Dietary Counseling
- Lifestyle Changes
- Sleep Therapy
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Various Chiropractic Treatments
While the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, the effects of fibromyalgia can be life altering and drastically reduce your ability to enjoy daily activities. Treatment for fibromyalgia is often a complex combination of multi-discipline approaches to each pain symptom and may involve some lifestyle changes to limit or reduce severity of symptoms.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.