Before talking about all kinds of medications and natural treatments that can alleviate some symptoms of fibromyalgia, let’s talk a little about this disorder and how you can detect if you suffer from it. Moreover, if you already know that you have fibromyalgia, then you have for certain made some research and found out that you cannot treat it completely but instead, you can take prescription drugs in order to manage pain and improve your life.
What is fibromyalgia?Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with musculoskeletal pain, sleep problems, fatigue, depression, and the list can go on. This chronic disorder cannot be treated completely and it affects your entire well-being. As some studies say, fibromyalgia usually affects more women than men and its symptoms are easier to recognize at people in their early 30s or 40s. Moreover, this chronic disorder is misunderstood and this happens mainly because fibromyalgia features symptoms that are commonly linked to another disease. For example, because this disorder resembles arthritis, people who have its symptoms can get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia only after 5 years of medical tests. Also, people who suffer from rheumatism or autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome, have high chances to develop fibromyalgia. In the past, doctors thought that people used this disorder as an excuse to receive prescription pain medication but nowadays, many doctors have started to accept that fibromyalgia is a real medical condition which needs prescription drugs.
How can you detect fibromyalgia?Because fibromyalgia is associated with pain in the muscles and bones, people suffering from it will usually experience the following symptoms:
- Central: anxiety, dizziness, depression, sleep disorders, memory impairment, chronic headaches and cognitive impairment.
- Joints: morning stiffness.
- Skin: various complaints.
- Muscular: fatigue, myofascial pain and twitches.
- Joint of jaw: dysfunction.
- Eyes: vision problems.
- Urinary: problems urinating.
- Stomach: nausea.
- Chest region: pain.
- Reproductive system: dysmenorrhea.
- Systemic: cold symptoms, weight gain, multiple chemical sensitivity and pain.