Learning more about fibromyalgia treatments and the condition itself will help you to better understand and live with your newly diagnosed condition.
Fibromyalgia is a very complex pain disorder that is closely related to chronic fatigue syndrome. Diagnosis is very difficult because the symptoms often mimic the symptoms of other medical conditions.
In addition to this, the diagnostic criteria are a highly debated topic within the medical community. The debate over diagnosis of is primarily attributed to the fact that lab tests done on patients often show no signs of illness.
When lab tests do show signs of illness those results often mimic the symptoms seen in patients with rheumatic conditions. Often your final diagnosis of will be based upon your doctor having ruled out conditions with similar symptoms. The definition of fibromyalgia is widespread pain that is consistent.
There are many symptoms of that require the use of treatments primarily:
· widespread pain,
· increased response to stimuli,
· extreme fatigue,
· unrestful sleep,
· joint stiffness,
· numbness and
If you have received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia you may also be experiencing:
· irritable bowel syndrome,
· bladder irregularities,
· breathing difficulties,
· problems swallowing,
· sleep disturbances,
· TMJ and
· teeth grinding
These physical symptoms may be coupled with emotional problems that require additional treatments.
There are a number of different medications used with treatments that are often your doctors' first attempt in treating your condition.
Typically, your doctor will begin by recommending you try to control your pain with an over the counter analgesic like Tylenol or an anti-inflammatory like Aspirin or Ibuprofen.
If these basic medications are not effective treatments for your doctor will try another type of medication.
Some of these medications would include anti-convulsants, antidepressants, opioid pain relievers and topical analgesics.
There are many different treatments that do not involve you taking medications.
First and foremost, doctors recommend that patients make certain basic lifestyle changes.
These changes include dietary changes, adding in some doctor recommended low impact exercises and figuring out how to achieve restful sleep each night.
The dietary changes are mainly based on a balanced, nutritional diet, but your doctor may also recommend the exclusion of certain foods.
Along with basic change there are many other non-medicinal treatments.
Common non-medicinal treatments include physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, biofeedback and counseling.
These therapies make an excellent addition to the common medications that are used.
In fact, it would not be uncommon for you to feel confident enough to ask for a reduction in your medication dosages when you see how effective these changes and treatments can be.
Most people find this multidisciplinary approach most effective.