Fibromyalgia is a condition where a person suffers widespread pain in the muscles and bones, along with trouble sleeping and problems with mood and memory. It is an unpleasant and difficult condition in which the sufferer experiences a variety of symptoms. We hope to tell you a little about these symptoms and give you some insight into the causes and treatments of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia sufferers experience widespread pain, often a dull ache that lasts for at least three months. Fatigue is another common symptom of fibromyalgia, because even though fibromyalgia sufferers often sleep for long periods of time, the sleep is frequently interrupted by the pain. The third major symptom of fibromyalgia is an impairment of the person’s ability to focus, a condition often called “fibro fog.”
Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia can suffer declines in work performance and productivity as a result of their pain and difficulty in mental functioning. Over the long term, the frustration of dealing with fibromyalgia has been known to lead to depression and anxiety.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Researchers think fibromyalgia is caused by a change in the way the brain processes pain signals, leading to an increased intensity of pain. Sometimes the pain is brought on by an identifiable trauma or the onset of psychological stress. However, fibromyalgia symptoms have also been known to accumulate over time, with no identifiable cause.
Although the cause of fibromyalgia is uncertain, medical researchers have identified a number of factors that contribute to its onset. These include:
Fibromyalgia runs in families, so if you have a relative with the condition you may be more likely to develop it.
Certain infections seem to trigger fibromyalgia.
- Physical or emotional trauma
Car accidents or psychological stress can trigger fibromyalgia.
- Your sex
Women are more likely than men to suffer from fibromyalgia.
- Other disorders
Disorders like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus are warning signs of possible fibromyalgia development.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is best treated through a variety of approaches. One or all of the following may help reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms:
Any movement you can handle helps reduce the pain and improve your body’s ability to handle it.
It’s important to do what you can to get eight full hours of sleep each night.
Drinking fluids and eating a balanced diet helps reduce the pain. Don’t skip meals. Try to avoid sugary snacks.
- Stress Reduction Techniques
Meditation, massage, tai chi, etc., can all help reduce the stress and increase your ability to handle it.
With chronic pain, medication can sometimes be the most viable option. Talk to your doctor if you think medication is something you should consider.
When Your Pain Is Caused by Negligent Actions
Should the cause of your fibromyalgia be the neglectful actions of others, you may have a legal case. If your chronic pain is the result of an accident or an injury related to medical malpractice, contact the Khalidi Law Firm. We have more than 20 years of experience helping our clients in the Tucson area get the compensation they deserve. For a review of your case, contact our compassionate and capable Tucson chronic pain injury lawyers at The Khalidi Law firm. For a free consultation, call (520) 629-9909 today.