So I’ve decided to write a post explaining what Fibromyalgia is. So if you’ve never heard of it before (like most people…) here’s a little lesson!
Fibromyalgia is long-term or chronic pain condition. It causes pain and fatigue all over the body. There is no exact cause but there are so many different theories, like a chemical imbalance, injury or infection, or physical or emotional stress.
Fibro is really difficult to diagnose as there isn’t a specific test, it doesn’t show up on an x-ray or blood test and the symptoms are similar if not the same as many other conditions.
Fibromyalgia has so many symptoms and it affects every sufferer completely differently. Here are just a few of the different symptoms of fibro:
- As I’ve said before widespread pain is one of the biggest and the most common symptoms. It can move around the body (like a weird creature.) Things touching your skin can hurt, like clothes or water or other people (which is the worst part.)
- Fatigue is the other most common symptom. It can hit you at any time, day or night. Especially after physical exertion.
- Cognitive problems, or “fibro fog” such as disorientation, forgetfulness or confusion.
- Sensitivity to lights, smells and noises.
- Dizziness, headaches and migraines.
- Broken unrefreshing sleep, insomnia and sleep apnea.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food sensitivities.
- Depression and mood swings.
There are many different conditions that are linked with Fibromyalgia such as IBS, Migraines and Endometriosis (I’ll explain this later.)
There isn’t one specific treatment when it comes to Fibro as it affects everyone differently. But once you’re diagnosed, by a pain management Dr, you should be referred to a neurologist, psychologist and rheumatologist, for them to help you on a day to day basis. Many different types of medication are used also, to help decrease the symptoms.
Conditions like Fibromyalgia can make you feel all alone, but you are not. A good support network can be better than any medication. Family and good friends are so important, they are the people that see you every day, see you on the good days and support you on the bad days.
Not only these people but people who know what you’re going through. I’ve found great support on Facebook groups and Health Unlocked.
There has been so much information in this blog, but I wanted to let everyone know the basics of this condition. I promise, not all of the posts will be this long.