It is estimated upwards of six million people suffer with Fibromyalgia in the United State. Worldwide the numbers clam 4% of any countries population.
At this time Health Care Providers have difficulty diagnosing this condition. Currently there is no specific testing available to identify this disorder. (MRI, X-rays, or Blood Test) There is also the possibility other conditions maybe involved and causing systems.
Common complaints associated with Fibromyalgia are pain and tenderness throughout the body.
Researchers are continuing to examine and determine the cause of this condition. Increased levels of Substance P. Stress or Trauma. Lowered pain thresholds due to a lack of Serotonin.
Important Factors to consider.
Sleep: Proper sleeping habits. A good night sleep always has a positive effect on health.
Exercise: Keeping our muscles in action and increasing blood flow has a positive effect. Pain can hinder our desire to move. Lack of motion can have a negative effect our muscles and joints. Remember your heart is a muscle too.
Nutrition: Inflammation is one of the leading causes of pain. So many foods have an anti-inflammatory factor. Incorporating these types of foods into you diet can only help. Food is fun and enjoyable.
Oral Pain Medications: Classified as NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These drugs are used by million of people. Because they cause a further build up of Substance P, which may already be a part of the problem, I always question their use when dealing any type of pain. There are so many negative side effects associated with these drugs. Liver damage. Stroke. Heart Attack. Addiction.
As Health Care Providers and people dealing with this condition become increasingly educated and researchers discover more about the cause, treatment will improve. Trust in yourself to share your successes with your Doctor. Surly he or she will be interested in what you have to say.
Besides Pain Medications Antidepressants and Anti-seizure drugs maybe prescribed by a physician.
Lyrica has been the first pharmaceutical to be approved by the FDA for treatment of Fibromyalgia. Found to relieve nerve pain it is also used for treatment of pain for shingles and herpes.
Neurontin is also used. Helpful in epilepsy and some types of seizures besides nerve pain.
- Treatments and drugs From The Mayo Clinic
- Enter in foods and Find Their Inflammation Factor
- National Fibromyalgia Research Association
- American College of Rheumatology