What is Fibromyalgia?

Over the last 2 years I have been experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, culminating in July 2008 with debilitating pain and disorientation. I went onto disability in Dec 2008 because I could not continue my middle school health education job. I still have severe problems almost daily from my fibromyalgia – one of the most complicated cases doctors have seen. 

 

Fibromyalgia Overview via WebMD 

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/default.htm

Learn more about fibromyalgia with its chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, and leg cramps
Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks
Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
Tension or migraine headaches
Jaw and facial tenderness
Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
Feeling anxious or depressed
Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
Painful menstrual periods
Dizziness

 

Fibromyalgia symptoms may intensify depending on the time of day — morning, late afternoon, and evening tend to be the worst times, while 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tends to be the best time. They may also get worse with fatigue, tension, inactivity, changes in the weather, cold or drafty conditions, overexertion, hormonal fluctuations (such as just before your period or during menopause), stress, depression, or other emotional factors.

If the condition is not diagnosed and treated early, symptoms can go on indefinitely, or they may disappear for months and then recur.

Fibromyalgia Treatments

When it comes to fibromyalgia treatments, there are medications, alternative remedies, and lifestyle habits that may help decrease fibromyalgia pain and improve sleep. Yourfibromyalgia specialist may prescribe pain medication or antidepressants to help end the pain, fatiguedepression, and anxiety. In addition, your doctor may recommend regular physical therapy, moist heat and exercise, relaxation, and stress reduction to help you self-manage your symptoms.

There is no one “pill” that treats or cures fibromyalgia. And a multidisciplinary approach that uses both medication and alternative or lifestyle strategies seems to work best to treat fibromyalgia symptoms. 

3 responses to “What is Fibromyalgia?

  1. Interesting comment regarding a retrovirus link. I do know that there is a link between herpes simplex 1 (oral), and alzheimer’s disease. Fibromyalgia does have something in common with alzheimer’s disease, and that is transneural degeneration. In fibromyalgia it is less widespread. Also there is less blood flow, lower oxygen leveles, and lower metabolism in some central areas of the brain in people with fibromyalgia. I’ve posted extensively on this topic, including discussions on the cause (typically stress)and treatment (functional neurology and orthomolecular medicine) available. You can learn more at http://www.drbradshook.com

  2. They’ve discovered a retro-virus linked to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigure Syndrome. More info here:

    http://notesalongthepath.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-virus-isolated-whoo-hoo/

  3. I saw this video on you tube. This is a great product for people with Fibormyalgia. It worked great and fast. Just like the lady says I have not felt this great in years. I just wanted to share because I know what it is like to feel bad day after day and I want others to get their lives back too. I am so happy about my life again, I just felt sharing my experience will help someone get back their happiness. This is the link that to where I saw the video..http://www.youtube.com/user/Nlightenment#uploads/0/PTd3dEfq-C8

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