Unexplained aches and pains throughout the body? Do you have Fibromyalgia?
George Spanakis, special neurologist and coordinator of the “Holistic Care Network”.
What is Fibromyalgia?
–Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles throughout the body of people. People with fibromyalgia also have “tender points“, i.e. points on their body that are sensitive to pain and ache with pressure or touch. Nobody knows what causes fibromyalgia.
Can Fibromyalgia be cured?
–Some people manage to get rid of fibromyalgia. But in most people it cannot be fully tested. Even so, people can learn ways to treat the condition and lead a fairly normal life. Fibromyalgia does not deteriorate over time, and is not life-threatening.
Does Fibromyalgia cause other symptoms in addition to muscle pain?
–Yes. People with fibromyalgia often say they feel tired all the time and sleep helps them not to rest. They may also have:
* Flu-like symptoms
* Depression and anxiety
* Stomach pain
* Too many or too few bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation)
* Pain in the bladder or the need to urinate with rush or often
* Problems with the jaw
Is there a diagnostic test for fibromyalgia?
–No, there is no diagnostic test. For the diagnosis, doctors must take account of the symptoms. First look for other causes of symptoms such as arthritis, hormonal imbalance or vitamin deficiency. The diagnosis of the situation becomes, if no other cause is found, and if the person has:
* Sore muscles throughout the body
* Significant sensitivity to at least 11 of the 18 known “sensitive spots” of fibromyalgia(image)
Sometimes doctors diagnose Fibromyalgia without checking for the number of“sensitive“ spots. This can happen if the person mentions many places that feelpainful, and bothered by several of the symptoms that are often caused byfibromyalgia. Some of these symptoms include feeling tired when he gets up in the morning and during the day, and difficulty to have “clear mind“ or clear thinking.
How can Fibromyalgia be treated?
–There are medications and strategies that help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.But there is no one treatment that works for everyone. You and health group will assume you will need to work together to find the right mix of treatments for you. In General, the treatment is “holistic“ and may include:
* Medications to relieve pain, improve sleep, or improve mood
* Physiotherapy to learn proper exercises
* Learning special techniques of relaxation. Biofeedback (biofeedback) can help in this direction
* Working with a health advisor for fibromyalgia, as with a specialist neurologist
To get the best treatment, many people need a team that includes:
* A neurologist or another doctor specializing in Fibromyalgia
* A gymnast
* Some trained for fibromyalgia professional in the field of mental health as a psychologist
Not exclude the possibility of medication.
–Your doctor may suggest you take a medication to treat depression or anotherused to treat seizures. If this happens, be positive to this possibility. Even if you’re notdepressed psychologically and don’t have seizures, these medications havedocumented evidence for fibromyalgia and they can help you. This is because they acton areas of the brain associated with pain.
What can I do on my own?
–It’s really important to stay energetic. Walking, swimming, biking can all help torelieve muscle pain. If you’re not in good physical condition, can be bothered a bitmore at the start of these activities. But staying in good physical condition can improve your symptoms.
It is also very important to not have extremely negative attitude about life. The wayyou see your life has a big effect on how you feel the pain. Put your best to be positive in the way you experience your experiences.