What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. “Tender points” refers to tenderness that occurs in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. People with this syndrome may also experience sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Although the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers have several theories about causes or triggers of the disorder. Some scientists believe that the syndrome may be caused by an injury or trauma. This injury may affect the central nervous system. Fibromyalgia may be associated with changes in muscle metabolism, such as decreased blood flow, causing fatigue and decreased strength. Others believe the syndrome may be triggered by an infectious agent such as a virus in susceptible people, but no such agent has been identified.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Treatment of Fibromyalgia requires a comprehensive approach. The physician, physical therapist, and patient may all play an active role in the management of fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise, such as swimming and walking, improves muscle fitness and reduces muscle pain and tenderness.
Heat and massage may also give short-term relief. Antidepressant medications may help elevate mood, improve quality of sleep, and relax muscles. Patients with Fibromyalgia may benefit from a combination of exercise, medication, physical therapy, and relaxation.
Living with Fibromyalgia:
Fruits and Vegetables
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet for anyone, but is especially important for people with fibromyalgia. The National Fibromyalgia Association states that phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables help to heal the body of inflammation, decrease pain and prevent other diseases. For example, they state that flavonoids in foods like apples and grapes reduce joint swelling while protecting against heart disease. Also, carotenoids, which are in leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits, may help to reduce some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia while protecting against lung cancer and skin cancer.
Raw foods provide exceptionally good nutrition and may boost a person’s immune system, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. The association explains that eating raw foods like fruits, uncooked vegetables and nuts can help to maintain steady white blood cell counts so that the body is strong to fight off the effects of fibromyalgia.
The Best Diet for Fibromyalgia
The National Fibromyalgia Association recommends that people with fibromyalgia drink at least eight glasses of water each day and eat a well-balanced diet. While fruits and vegetables are healthy, especially when eaten raw, people with fibromyalgia also need protein from foods like meats and beans, healthy fats from foods like avocados and olive oil and fiber-rich whole grains.
Stress and its links to Fibromyalgia Symptoms
stress is your enemy
Stress is known as the silent killer. Stress has been attributed to heart problems, blood pressure problems and several other health problems and stress is also linked as a trigger for fibromyalgia. A stressful event in a person life may trigger the onset of fibromyalgia. Symptoms of fibromyalgia often occurs after an experience of mental shock or serious illness. It is believed that stress unmasks the fibromyalgia disorder in people who have a genetic disposition to it.Fibromyalgia is thought to be a central nervous system disorder in which either pain-sensing nerves are excessively sensitive, or the brain is extremely sensitive to pain impulses. People with fibromyalgia experience more pain when they are stressed. You need to control your stress levels as more stress will most definitely increase your fibromyalgia symptoms.By simply having fibromyalgia is stressful. FMS sufferers have to constantly deal with pain, mental cloudiness and overall fatigue and this by itself is stressful for anyone. Having problems accomplishing simple tasks around the house or at work can be stressful enough if you don’t even consider the financial implications that can arise if you are hindered from working your job properly.Not being able to accomplish things is stressful, especially if it affects your employment situation.Stress reduction is an important part of managing your fibromyalgia. Here are a few ways that may help alleviate some of your stress.
1. Good self care. Eating right – a nutritious diet, regular exercise and ample rest are very important
.2. Practice body awareness. Being aware about how your body feels and how it reacts to certain situations and tensions can help you better manage your fibromyalgia symptoms. Using relaxation and other techniques when the pain starts to begin can help you reduce the onset of fibromyalgia pain.
3. Change the way you think. This takes practice, but it gives you a chance to respond to situations instead of reacting.
4. Keep a stress journal. Stress journals are a great way to keep track of your fibromyalgia triggers and what you did to reduce the pain. Being aware of your triggers will help you avoid the stressful situations that causes them.
5. Learn stress management techniques, such as visualization, meditation and breathing. These techniques will help you physically and mentally relax and decrease both pain and stress.
If you decrease your stress, you will experience less pain and fatigue from your fibromyalgia.