Experiencing the frequent episodes of pain and muscle stiffness at any time in day or night could be very challenging to lead a happy and active life. That’s the actual picture of fibromyalgia.
Though, there are tons of medications and other alternative medicines available to manage the fibromyalgia, but, somehow, people can get the fibromyalgia relapse even after a long remission phase.
Fibromyalgia has the classical symptoms, including, widespread and diffuse muscular and joint pain.
Women are more commonly affected with the fibromyalgia as compared to men, but, on the other end of a spectrum, men and children can be affected by the fibromyalgia.
About two to five percent population get the fibromyalgia episode in their life. Living with fibromyalgia is not easier, but just with the help of the several measures, you can improve your overall quality of life.
Recently, a campaign has been started named as ‘fibromyalgia is a real illness.We need a cure’ for providing more attention and awareness towards this disease.
As it’s difficult to understand the symptoms and its potential triggers, special considerations for this disease should be taken into seriously.Before discussing this petition, let’s explore this disease more!
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complex disease. Due to its unique symptoms, this condition is often misdiagnosed. If you’ve experiencing most of the symptoms, report the doctor right away.
- Muscle stiffness or spasm
- Increased pain sensitivity
- Deep burning sensation
- Numbness or tingling sensation in your feet or hands
- Fatigue episodes more frequently
- Disturbed sleep
- Anxiety and depression
- Restless leg syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Difficulty in concentration
- Balancing issues
- Tender points
Hence, the list of signs indicating fibromyalgia is long enough and every person feels different symptoms.
Fibromyalgia has no cure, but there are several ways to feel better while living with fibromyalgia.
What is the hidden reason?
Particularly, it has no exact cause, but, one theory suggests that due to the abnormal processing of the signals to the brain, you might feel a number of symptoms. However, several other factors also make your condition worse.
Fibromyalgia is also a hereditary disorder. In most of the conditions, your symptoms can become worse due to the physical or emotional triggers.
Including injury or infection, operation, death of a loved one, recent relationship break up, osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, sleep disorder and temporomandibular disease can cause fibro flare up.
In addition to this, some people also reported fibro flare up due to overexertion, allergies and weather changes.
How the fibromyalgia diagnosed?
If you’ve a history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 month and tender points, then you would be diagnosed with the fibromyalgia. Having 11 tender points out of 18 is the absolute diagnoses of the fibromyalgia.
For ruling out other conditions, your doctor may prescribe you the lab tests for screening the infectious or other disease.
What are the approaches to treat the fibromyalgia?
Because fibromyalgia doesn’t cause any significant damage, no X-ray scans and blood test can reveal the fibromyalgia.
Treating the symptoms are helpful for managing the fibromyalgia. Otherwise, no such cure has been suggested yet.
The fibromyalgia management is the combination of various approaches,
Counseling and education
people living with fibromyalgia should know about which triggers can cause fibro flare up and which method will help them most.
Many people also have their own set of misconceptions which needs to be cleared out immediately so that they can deal with the condition more proficiently.
The aim of giving the medicines is to provide the rapid relieve from the pain and discomfort. Somehow, medicines are used as an adjunct with other strategies to improve sleep and mood.
Stress management and relaxation
In the majority of cases, stress is the eventual trigger of fibromyalgia. Hence, it’s crucial to know how to manage the stress.
Relaxation technique, assertiveness, and emotional management methods are the tools that can prevent the aggravation of stress. So, if you’re managing the stress efficiently, fibromyalgia won’t disturb your life.
The best pill to lift up your mood, improve sleep, and feel contented is the medicine. A gentle exercise program including walking, water-based exercise and tai chi would be a big help. In other words, exercise is the best way to keep you physically and mentally fit.
To soothe off your nerves, massage is a paramount in making your muscles less taut and reducing your stress levels.
Balancing activity and rest
Doing the task in an inappropriate way is detrimental to increase the symptoms. Plan your activities in such a way that you won’t need extra effort to do the task.
Try to keep the rest intervals in between the tasks so that you won’t get fatigue episodes.
Your food definitely leaves the impact on your fibro status. A well-balanced diet is a key to managing the fibromyalgia.
Sugar, caffeine, aspartame-containing foods, and gluten can trigger the flare up. However, some people won’t get any flare up due to food.
The petition is all about the fibromyalgia and its cure
Fibromyalgia is the chronic disease with no absolute cure, but numerous approaches have been successful in controlling the symptoms.
This petition is about the awareness and support which is important for the people with fibromyalgia.
Though, fibromyalgia affects a person, but later on, his person’s family, friends and co-workers may be affected due to the psychological and physical symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Lack of fibromyalgia education and awareness could lead to the decreased support from your family members and friends.
From day-to-day activities to complex tasks, people suffering from fibromyalgia endure chronic and widespread pain.
For medical practitioner to the non-medical person, everyone should know the symptoms and its triggers.
Another main issue is the research conducted to develop the cure for fibromyalgia is usually underfunded.
The goal of this petition is to bring this issue to the attention of medical authorities and government organizations in each country so that more awareness will be given, more programs on the importance of family’s and friend’s support will be introduced, and more funds for the research to formulate the cure will be provided.
This petition is surely worthwhile for every person battling with the fibromyalgia.