Fibromyalgia is not a disease. It is chronic pain illness.
Fibromyalgia is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
2-8% of the overall population suffers from fibromyalgia. It’s mostly found in women between the age of 20-55.
Fibromyalgia is widespread pain all over the body. Symptomized by pain, stiffness, and tenderness of muscle and joints. Pain will be a constant, nagging, and dull pain, throughout the body, but the more affected part is the neck, upper arms, and gluteal region. Which may lead to chronic fatigue, depression, and bowel discomfort.
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. But it may be associated with physical stress, mental and emotional stress, any injury or accident.
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is a challenge for physicians as no accurate investigation confirms it. However, in some cases, a low level of serotonin in the brain is observed.
Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis are completely different. However, people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and autoimmune disease like SLE are more prone to get it.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes deformities in joints, fibromyalgia doesn’t cause any deformity. In Rheumatoid arthritis pain is concentrated in joints, while in fibromyalgia patients experience widespread pain.
Once you start experiencing symptoms, consult your family physician initially and then consult a Rheumatologist as per his advice.
There is no specific treatment for Fibromyalgia. A rheumatologist can treat you with analgesic, NSAID and if necessary he will prescribe some calcium supplements.
Due to chronic pain patients can feel depressed. Counseling plays a major role during that time. Fibromyalgia patients need lots of attention and care.
Exercise is a must part to treat fibromyalgia. Exercise will help muscle strengthening and help to reduce pain.
Local application and hot and cold compression help to reduce pain and inflammation.
For prevention eat healthily, take enough and sound sleep, avoid exertion and stress and concentrate on your exercise.
Natural products to reduce pain –
- Magnesium Rich Food – Magnesium is one of the vital nutrients. It helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function.
Bananas, almonds, and brown rice are the richest source of Magnesium.
- Turmeric – As we all know turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Hence helps to reduce inflammation.
- Garlic – Garlic is a natural spice with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Omega 3 fatty acid – Seafood, nuts, and chocolates rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acid.
Take home message is –
Consult a physician or rheumatologist if you experience frequent widespread pain and fatigue.
Keep yourself active. Rest is a poison for fibromyalgia. And learn to live a stress-free life.