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Coping With Painful Fibromyalgia

Jun 15, 2008
Fibromyalgia is a painful and chronic condition that is difficult to diagnose. Only specific symptoms imply the presence this disease such as excruciating pain, muscle stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, and sleep deprivation causing extreme fatigue.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you will also feel pain in your neck and back as well as in the hands and even the pelvic girdle, besides several other parts of the body. Once you feel such pain, you must consult a doctor who would then do whatever is necessary to find out whether you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

However, as mentioned, the diagnosis of this condition is not a simple matter because many of the symptoms are closely related to other diseases such as chronic fatigue and arthritis as well as rheumatism.

So you will have to describe your problem in detail to your doctor, who will then perform certain tests in order to diagnose your condition. Often, fibromyalgia may also become noticeable following an injury or even after an illness and there are also genetic reasons that can cause a person to suffer from fibromyalgia. In fact, according to latest research on the topic, fibromyalgia can also be caused due to defects in the central nervous system that lead to extremes of pain.

After a correct diagnosis, your doctor should be able to help you find relief. He may recommend medication as well as lifestyle changes like exercising and eating better. Additionally, taking hot-cold therapy is a way of getting relief from the pain.

You may even need to take over-the-counter medications to treat your fibromyalgia condition and some doctors may even prescribe anti-depressants that will aid patients in getting proper amount of sleep. The good news is that there are quite a few ways by which to get relief from fibromyalgia which makes this debilitating condition somewhat more bearable.

Emotional and physical support is important to those suffering from fibromyalgia. Those who can keep a positive attitude will do better than those who feel overwhelmed by the pain and ultimately defeated.
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