Have you been feeling tired, forgetful, and unable to sleep?
You might have Fibromyalgia, a chronic and widespread, muscle and soft tissue pain syndrome. Now, you may ask – how in the world is being tired, or forgetful, or not sleeping well, a sign of a chronic pain condition? While it may seem quite strange, the attributes listed in the above question are actually some of the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia disorder, the others are – muscle and joint pain, depression, aches, tender points, anxiety, numbness or tingling in arms and legs, headaches, irritable bowels, peeing issues, and painful menstrual cramps. You may feel all or a few of the symptoms during the course of the disease.
As you can see from the extensive list of symptoms this is a very confusing, frustrating, and dreadful condition to have and to try to treat.
Little is known about this disease, fibromyalgia is a newly classified and often misunderstood disease due to the multitude of symptoms. The prevailing theory is that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations because of malfunctions in the way the brain processes pain signals. One thing we do know is that it is more prevalent in women than men, in fact, 90% of all cases are in women.
There are 3 main, yet general symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
- Continuous and widespread pain that causes you to ache all over, and while pain is a way for the body to tell your brain that something is wrong after it goes on for weeks or months, and possibly even years pain ceases to be just a symptom and becomes the disease itself.
- Continuous fatigue despite sleeping for longer periods of time, however, sleep is also interrupted by sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
- Constant inability to concentrate, “Fibro fog”, people who suffer from fibromyalgia have difficulties focusing and paying attention to their tasks.
Not much is known about what causes Fibromyalgia however the below 3 factors are believed to contribute to it the most:
- Genetics – this disease seems to get passed down from one generation to the next. Scientists believe that there may be genetic mutations that are inherited, that increase one’s chances of getting this disorder.
- Illness or Infections – can trigger or aggravate the condition.
- Physical or emotional stress – can cause the inception or sharpening of the condition. Something as simple as a harsh fall or a stressful situation such as a divorce can initiate fibromyalgia.
- Medications – there are a variety of medications out there that assist in controlling the symptoms.
- Pain treatments – utilizing pain alleviating devices can help relieve the pain. Solio Alfa Plus laser therapy device reaches deep within to block sensory nerve cells, thereby eliminating or significantly reducing pain. The deeply penetrating technology is able to treat muscles and joints by promoting collagen production and increased blood circulation, resulting in pain elimination and tissue repair.
- Anti-stress measures – such as exercise, relaxation and other stress-reduction activities.
- Diet – there are foods that may aggravate the condition and other foods that help keep it under control.
Fibromyalgia is a difficult and disheartening condition to suffer from but with the right tools, you will prevail!