Fibromyalgia is one of the common chronic central nervous system disorders characterized by pain and allodynia. Though it is considered as an arthritic ailment, it does not cause inflammation or any damage to the joints, tissues or muscles. Fibromyalgia can cause pain and stiffness of joints. There are some other symptoms like fatigue, bladder problems, lack of sleep and anxiety. Very few patients experience every symptom. Some studies have shown that genetic factors or environmental factors might contribute towards development of Fibromyalgia in a person.
As mentioned earlier, there are many symptoms of fibromyalgia the most prominent one being chronic pain. These symptoms tend to vary from person to person. Most of these symptoms can be treated with proper care and medication. Some factors that can aggravate the symptoms are:
- The stress level of the person
- How physically active the person is
- Change in the weather conditions
The most noticeable and regularly occurring Fibromyalgia symptoms are:
- Pain: For a fibromyalgia patient the main symptom is pain, which is likely to spread to the entire body with time. It can be quite excruciating in certain parts of the body like back or neck.
- Extreme Sensitivity: The patient can be extremely sensitive towards certain types of lights, odor, noise etc.
- Stiffness: Joint stiffness caused by Fibromyalgia can even limit a person’s mobility in its most severe form. Staying in the same position for long can instigate such situations.
- Fatigue: A person can feel mildly fatigued or completely drained out. It varies from person to person.
- Lack OF Sleep: A person may not be able to sleep at all or after waking up feel as tired as he was before going to sleep.
- Anxiety Or Depression: This is quite common among Fibromyalgia patients.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome : This is a common digestive problem causing bloating and pain in the stomach. This problem can be instigated or aggravated by Fibromyalgia.
- Fibro Fog: A Fibromyalgia patient can often have cognitive problems such as concentrating, remembering and performing small daily tasks coherently. This is referred to as Fibro Fog.
The best way to treat Fibromyalgia is by learning in detail about the symptoms and then consulting the doctor. The doctor will be able to prescribe proper medication that takes care of the relevant symptoms and provides the body with as much relief as possible.
- Medications: Specific medications are available that deal with different Fibromyalgia symptoms such as body pain, joint stiffness, muscle soreness, anxiety, depression and sleep problems.
- Cymbalta: It is dedicated to dealing with unique Fibromyalgia symptoms. A person must confirm whether Cymbalta is useful for him or not before taking it.
- Lyrica: Lyrica is used to calm down the overly excited nerves that cause pain to the body.
- Savella: Savella is able to reduce pain and improve mobility among Fibromyalgia patients but how it works is still unknown.
- Physical Therapy And Chiropractic Care: These therapies can reduce the back, neck and muscle pains to some extent. Chiropractic has been proven quite useful in combatting pains caused by Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be painful and hamper the regular physical activities of a person. With the proper medical care and, however, it is possible to reduce the effects of these symptoms and get on with a healthy daily routine.