Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop Fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have Fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.
While there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.
Many factors come into determining your level of risk. Take this short assessment, answering yes or no to each question.
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may be suffering from Fibromyalgia. You need to contact your health provider for more information and possible diagnosis.
Because Fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate Fibromyalgia.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been linked to Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is diagnosed more often in women than men.
If you have a rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, you may be more likely to develop Fibromyalgia.
The pain associated with Fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
People with Fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with Fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.
A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to concentrate on mental tasks.
Many people who have Fibromyalgia also experience symptoms like depression, headaches, and pain or cramping in the lower abdomen.
The first step is to contact your health care provider for diagnosis. After that, self-care is key!
You can reduce the pain and help with the fatigue by making lifestyle changes. These changes can be overwhelming and difficult. As a health coach, I can help guide you and provide support and information to help you make these changes.
A regular gentle yoga practice has can reduce pain and fatigue which are two of the biggest complaints of sufferers of Fibromyalgia.
Dietary changes can make a difference. It has been shown in many studies that changing to an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the inflammation that causes joint pain.
A good night’s sleep is key to good health overall. The combination of a gentle restorative yoga practice and stress reducing techniques such as meditation, massage, and daily walks can help improve your sleep.
The first step is to complete one of the health history assessments. I offer a free 50-minute session to discuss how making small changes in your daily habits can lessen the symptoms. Let’s start now, so you can start feeling better soon!