Fibromyalgia Diagnosis- Knowing The Different Trigger Points And Treatments.
Fibromyalgia is when a person experiences musculoskeletal pain all over the body with associated fatigue and disturbances in sleeping habits, mood and memory. The cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown. Research is still being conducted to this day to help find a cure for this condition. There are a number of medications and alternative measures used to treat or manage the symptoms. Knowing about this condition will help you identify signs and symptoms. It will be advantageous in identifying things to watch out for as well as aid in the diagnosis of this problem. If there are members of your family who suffer from this condition, you may want to be more vigilant regarding your health. While some health care practitioners are not fully convinced regarding this condition, it would be wise to take it with a grain of salt. After all, you have nothing to lose by educating yourself regarding fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia Diagnosis: The significance of keeping a fibromyalgia journal - Keeping a journal will help a lot in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The information regarding the characteristics, duration and intensity of the pain you experience every time you wake up will be extremely helpful. Describing the pain in your own words and identifying factors that help relieve the pain will get you and your doctor closer to the problem. Write down how you physically feel when you wake up. Do you experience pain instantly or does it arise when you move? What you do about it? What makes it worst? What helps it go away? It is not unusual for pain relief to be elusive. Even slow, calculated movements upon arising may prove to be inadequate to manage the pain experienced. It may also prove to be useful to jot down how you feel emotionally. This is to help identify if how you feel emotionally or psychologically affects the degree of pain you encounter. A week or two worth of documentation in that journal will identify any pattern that will help in fibromyalgia diagnosis. Fibromyalgia Pains: The pain associated with fibromyalgia is chronic - There is a possibility that it will last for three months or even more than that.
This pain may be reported to be anywhere from mild that lasts longer to a severe deep pain. Some patients claim to experience burning pain and compare it to the feeling of being stabbed; a sharp, shooting pain that can totally catch them off guard. These patients describe this pain as the worst that they have ever felt. While some of them describe the pain as stabbing others describe it as a throbbing pain that causes them to feel exhausted or they get easily fatigued. A simple gesture like touch may trigger painful episodes. It is also important to identify if you experience fibromyalgia like symptoms such as: chronic headaches, irritable bowel, disturbances in sleep pattern, problems in chewing, painful menstrual cycles, problems in remembering things recent and/ or old, sensitivity to touch, sensitivity to smell (example chemical odors or strong perfumes), sensitivity to the sun or any light for that matter, changes in vision, and auditory sensitivity such as with loud noises. These are some of the symptoms that are noted to be similar in the journals of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Although the symptoms are similar health practitioners observe that triggering factors may be any variety of things, activities or incidence. Fibromyalgia Treatment: Alternative and Medical Options in Managing Fibromyalgia - Just like most medical conditions, there are so many approaches to treatment. While some may gravitate to the tried and tested medicines and procedures, there are those who prefer alternative measures. The more popular management is that of a combination of therapy, procedure and of course medications. This is true for those who experience excruciating pain all over their body. Some of the FDA approved medications used are Savella, Cymbalta and Lyrica. For the non drug related treatment, it is aimed at alleviating or reducing trigger points or factors and managing muscle pains felt by the patient. By doing so, it will enhance the capability of the individual to perform activities of daily living.
Each person experiencing the difficulties of fibromyalgia will have different results with each treatment. They do not react to each treatment the same way; a medication may work for patient A, but may not work for patient B. Knowing your options will get a patient closer to easing his or her pain. Medications administered to fibromyalgia patients are those that target the problem of pain. They aim to alleviate or at least to reduce pain enabling the patient to function properly. Some of these drugs are strong hence may be taken once a day only. For those who do not respond to a single dose, adjustments will be done as deemed appropriate by the health care provider. It is highly advised to stick with FDA approved medications. Aside from the previously mentioned medications, Neurontin has also been proven useful in treating symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some fibromyalgia patients prefer alternative or non-drug involving treatments or therapies. There are those that fear the side effects of medications and opt for the safer alternative methods. Those who are not too sensitive to touch try acupressure or some form of massage to relax them and relieve pain. Acupuncture is another alternative. If you would like to try acupuncture or acupressure, make sure to go to a specially trained individual who knows how to perform such procedures. Exercise like tai-chi works for some (it is a trigger for others). Meditation and/ or yoga are also ways to help calm the nerves so to speak. Any form of relaxation method or stress reduction will work wonders for your body, ill or otherwise. There are also patients who prefer to strengthen the tissues of the body and their body in general by taking in specific food supplements rather than strong medications. If you experience fibromyalgia and lean towards the alternative methods, you may want to check with your health care provider if he or she is equipped with the proper know how or else find a professional who specializes in alternative medicine.