What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is often experienced through widespread pain in your muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as tenderness and fatigue.
Doctors don’t yet know what causes Fibromyalgia, and it has a wide range of symptoms making it hard to precisely diagnose as a condition.
Although not all areas may be involved simultaneously, pain may occur in the back of the head, neck, shoulders, thoracic and lumbar spine, paraspinous regions, buttocks, hips, elbows and knees. It is not unusual for the most significant area of pain to shift over time.
What Are The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Some of the many symptoms of this condition are:
Widespread pain and stiffness throughout the body, with pain especially felt when pressure is applied. The pain associated with fibromyalgia can persist for many months at a time and can have a large impact on a sufferer’s quality of life.
Fatigue and poor sleep can plague a person suffering from Fibromyalgia, and sufferers frequently wake up tired and unrefreshed even though they had a sufficient amount of sleep. This may be related to a change in brain activity while resting which prevents the body from going into deep restorative sleep. Night time muscle spasms in the legs and restless leg syndrome may also be associated with Fibromylagia and these may cause difficulty sleeping.
Headaches and facial pain can be a result of Fibromyalgia that may be related to stiffness or tenderness in the neck or shoulders and the associated trigger point muscles.
Heightened sensitivity to touch, noise, odors and bright lights.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be experienced in the form of diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain.
Anxiety and depression may occur, although this may also be a result of the long term discomfort and pain of the condition.
Parasthesia, a tingling sensation or numbness of the hands and feet.
Difficulty concentrating or inability to concentrate for very long.
Painful menstrual periods.
Dry skin of the face, eyes and mouth.
We are here as physiotherapist help you to treat your Fibromyalgia pain:
- Heat treatment through either hot or cold packs to reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort.
- Stretching can help relieve the pain of nerve root compression.
- Regular exercise, although it may be difficult, will allow your body to release endorphins (chemicals that prevent pain signals reaching the brain).
Ultrasound hydrotherapy home SPA can provide deep tissue stimulation and pain relief.