Do you suffer from chronic pain? Fibromyalgia could be the culprit. Fibromyalgia is a condition consisting of muscle pain and fatigue over a longer period of time. There is no definitive cause and it is most common in women who are middle-aged or older, although this condition is seen with all walks of life. Aside from chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia is also correlated with headaches, difficulties sleeping, memory cognition issues, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and heightened sensitivity.
Research has shown that the pain stems from the misfire of pain receptors in the nervous system. Fibromyalgia is thought to possibly be linked to overstimulation of neuroreceptors, such as from disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, viral infections, or incidents such as traumas to the spine. While we are discovering more and more about this condition each year, the causes of as well as a cure for fibromyalgia is still mostly unknown.
Pain management is critical to treating fibromyalgia and avoiding situations that might worsen your symptoms is of utmost importance. Staying active and focusing on emotional health such as reducing anxiety and depression can help lower incidences of severe pain.
Visit your doctor if you think you might have this condition. He or she will be able to recommend a course of treatment, often with guided physical exercise. Certain physical movements can help ease pain during a severe episode as well as provide optimal results in preventing these episodes.
Visiting a physical therapist is really integral in treating this illness. A physical therapist will be able to examine your lifestyle needs and pain incidences in order to prevent future episodes as much as possible. He or she will be able to prescribe physical movements that will be most effective in prevention and pain management.
Since there is no cure as of yet, living with and staying proactive to control your fibromyalgia is crucial to your quality of life.
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