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Fibromyalgia, the never-ending story of pain and stiffness

Fibromyalgia symptomsPain and stifness



Overview
Fibromyalgia is a chronic neurological condition, in other words, it affects the nervous system. It changes how the brain and nervous system deal with and interpret pain. People with this condition tend to experience exaggerated pain when they are exposed to daily injuries, such as stress. Fibromyalgia has numerous symptoms, including fatigue and pain with stiffness in connective tissue throughout the body.
Pain
Fibromyalgia can make you so sensitive to pain that even hitting the toe can make you suffer longer than usual. It’s medically called “hyperplasia”. The American College of Rheumatology has identified 18 “trigger points” on the body that may be extremely susceptible to touch in people with fibromyalgia.
Stiffness
Fibromyalgia can cause muscular and joint pain that leads to stiffness that restricts movement. Stiffness may be worse if you remain in the same position for a long time.
 
 Other symptoms include:
–       Pain on either side of the body.
–       Stiffness that worsens in the morning or after extended rest periods.
–       Chronic fatigue Lack of movement and amplitude of motion in muscles.
–       Pain in body tissues, thighs, buttocks, arms, back, and neck.
–       Trigger points can resemble hard nodes and cause diffuse pain when affected.
–       Pain in the gastrointestinal system.
–       very painful menstruations.
–        restless leg syndrome
Diagnose
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is challenging because fibromyalgia is diagnosed through exclusion. Doctors test many other conditions that cause generalized pain, and if not present, they can diagnose fibromyalgia.
 
 
A physician will typically diagnose fibromyalgia if:
–       The person feels pain when the doctor presses on 18-24 sensitive points related to the condition.
–       The symptoms affect all four quadrants.
–       Symptoms persist for at least three months continuously.
Therapy and home remedies
 
*Medical treatments
 
There are no drugs specifically designed to treat fibromyalgia, though some are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to relieve symptoms.
Medications for managing fibromyalgia include:
–       Pregabalin (Lyrica)
–       duloxetine (Cymbalta)
–       milnacipran (Savella)
 
*Home remedies
Taking the following measures at home may help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
–       Rest during the push: When symptoms are at their worst, it often assists in resting affected areas. Some people find relief in raising inflamed joints or extremities, which reduces blood flow to the region.
–       Playing sports: Symptoms may lead a lot of people to avoid exercise. However, gentle, low-impact exercises focused on tightening and strengthening muscles and joints can help with long-term symptoms.
–       Adhere to an anti-inflammatory regime:  Eating fewer foods that cause inflammation may improve the symptoms of both diseases. This means restricting your consumption of saturated fat, sugars, red meat, and alcohol.
–       Warm and cold treatments: Many find that they can relieve symptoms by taking long hot baths and using warming pads and ice bags.
–       Over-the-counter medications: NSAIDs, pain pills, creams, and gels may alleviate the dull pain associated with fibromyalgia.
–       Relax and alert: These practices often contribute to the improvement of chronic pain and inflammation.
–       Set up a system of emotional support: Chronic pain sufferers frequently suffer from depression and anxiety. A network of family members or friends who understand the illness may assist in providing support.
–       Stay positive: Those with chronic conditions who are trying to maintain a positive attitude are better able to manage their symptoms over the long term.

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