Fibromyalgia Muscle Pain
People who suffer from the symptoms of fibromyalgia know that one of the biggest problems they experience is widespread fibromyalgia muscle pain. It is this condition that most people first notice and is often what prompts them to visit a doctor. Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough, because there is no conclusive test, but rather, patients are given a series of tests to eliminate the possibility of other conditions. But, having widespread pain throughout the body for three months or longer is the primary symptom that defines fibromyalgia.
Currently, there are millions of people in the US alone who may be suffering from this condition and not even know it. Awareness about this syndrome has significantly increased in the medical community and among the public over the past few of decades, but it is still considered one of the “silent diseases” because there is no outward manifestation of symptoms.
In addition to the muscle pain, other common symptoms include consistent fatigue, difficulty sleeping, digestive problems, “brain fog,” and headaches among others. But it is a widespread pain in at least 11 of 18 trigger points that define this condition. This pain can be so intense; it is almost paralyzing. It can have serious effects on one’s way of life. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you will want to learn as much as you can about this syndrome and about ways of controlling the symptoms.
Dealing with the Pain
There are several strategies that your doctor may employ to help you deal with the fibromyalgia muscle pain. He or she may give you a prescription for medication to help you control the pain, but often, this is only recommended for short-term flare-ups and not as a long-term solution. However, for times when the pain is particularly bad, this prescription can be a lifesaver.
Longer term strategies involve lifestyle changes. Exercise is a common way to help alleviate muscle pain. An exercise strategy must be carefully planned not to make the problems worse. You will want to work with your doctor or physical therapist to design a program that focuses on low-impact exercises such as water aerobics and gentle stretching, such as yoga, to help control your symptoms. These types of activities can contribute to loosen and limber your muscles and build your strength without putting too much pressure on your body. You should find that you are less stiff and that it is easier to get around when you are engaged in a regular exercise program.
Another strategy is to employ relaxation and natural pain management techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises. These non-drug therapies can help bring relief for a variety of other fibromyalgia symptoms such as headaches and sleep problems. Look for resources online, at the library or through a local fibromyalgia support group.
Every person who has this condition has a different combination of problems. Your treatment plan must be individualized to address your particular set of symptoms associated with this condition. While there is still not know a cure for this mysterious syndrome, you can work together with your doctor and other healthcare professionals to create a plan to address the fibromyalgia muscle pain and other issues that you are having. Through experimentation and trial and error, you will come up with a combination that is right for you.