Sunday, October 25, 2009
Why does fibromyalgia hurt so bad?
I have had Fibromyalgia for 35 years. Long before they had a name for it. And only people who have this condition truly understand what Pain is. I feel like pain is my best friend because we are always together. Muscular pain, tingling, burning, and numbness are common symptoms of a repetitive strain injury. However, these symptoms are also common in this condition. The pain typically originates in one area, usually the neck and shoulders, and then radiates out. Most patients report feeling some pain all the time; and many describe it as "exhausting." The pain can vary, depending on the time of day, weather changes, physical activity, and the presence of stressful situations; it has been described as stiffness, burning, stabbing, sudden, radiating, and aching. The pain is often more intense after disturbed sleep. A vital part of treating Fibromyalgia is frequent, warm water stretches, low-impact aerobic exercise. Examples include walking, biking, water aerobics and swimming. Exercise tends to reduce pain and tenderness and to improve muscle fitness and sleep. Stretching is also important and may help reduce stiffness and pain. At first, pain and fatigue may make it difficult for you to exercise. Keep in mind that persisting with an exercise routine may reduce your symptoms, while becoming unfit may make symptoms worse. If you have not exercised recently, be sure to talk with your doctor before you begin an exercise program, and start slowly. I've enclosed a link where you can read more about Fibromyalgia and what you can do at home to help yourself.
No one seems to know exactly what fibromyalgia is, so it's hard to know why it is so painful. It may help to know that a lot of people have it and there are more and more doctors recognizing it. I had been to many doctors before I was diagnosed with it. If they couldn't see it in an x-ray they said it was all in my head. That made it hurt worse. Stress definitely makes it worse. I don't know how much you know about it, but there are a lot of things besides the general pain that are caused by it. You should look it up on your computer and read comments from other people. You may find things that you have that you didn't think were caused by fibromyalgia. I did. For example, the tickle in my throat that would make me cough until I almost vomited. Best of luck to you. Did you know that you can get disability for it?