If you have spent any time at all watching television, you have undoubtedly seen a commercial for medication that helps to alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms. What is fibromyalgia, though? The commercials make it sound like a condition that is very tough to live with, but is it really? What do the symptoms consist of? Could your loved one have it?
Read on to find out the answers to all of these questions and more.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition. This means that is affects both the bones and the muscles, just as osteoporosis does. It affects the entire body, and leads to joint, muscle and bone pain that can be extremely difficult to live with. Due to its similarities to other conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis, it is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, leading many people to suffer a lot longer and a lot more than they have to.
What are some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by an all-over achiness in the joints and the muscles. Some specific parts of the body may feel tender or painful to the touch. Muscle pain can range from feeling as if you have pulled a muscle without exercising to feeling like you are being struck with pins and needles. Sometimes, there may also be a burning sensation in the muscles as well. Fatigue is also one of the most common symptoms, and can be very severe. These symptoms can also lead to depression and irritability, which is not surprising, knowing how taxing the condition can be on the body.
If you or your home care services aide have noticed that your loved one has been having the above symptoms and/or symptoms such as headaches and an abnormal sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, you may want to take them to the doctor to find out if fibromyalgia is the cause.
What are some of the other effects of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is often referred to as “fibromyalgia syndrome,” because it is often accompanied by other conditions (a syndrome is a set of symptoms that often occur all together). People with fibromyalgia often experience pain and sensitivity in their muscles, joints and bones, but they also often experience anxiety, depression, and the overwhelming fatigue we spoke of above.
Who can get fibromyalgia?
In short: anyone. Fibromyalgia can affect anyone at any age, but it is most prevalent in women between the ages of 25 and 60 years old. While women are almost ten times more likely to get this condition than men are, that doesn’t mean that men are exempt, so don’t ignore any symptoms you might see in your male loved one either.
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating illness, but fortunately, in many cases there are many things you can do to help manage the condition. Working together with your family, your doctor, and/or your home care services aide, you could make things much easier for a loved one with fibromyalgia by finding the right treatment plan for them.
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Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.
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