Fibromyalgia is actually a chronic condition that may cause pain, tenderness and stiffness of muscles, joints and tendons. It can also be characterized by tiredness, restlessness, depression, anxiety and even irritable bowel syndrome. Some physicians or doctors also name it fibromyalgia syndrome. It is abbreviated as FMS. Let’s have a look at some causes, symptoms and treatment of fibromyalgia so that some patients can get bit of relief by reading this useful post.
You would be surprised to know that there are many causes of fibromyalgia and even sometimes it becomes extremely hard to recognize the root cause of this disease. According to some researchers, the underlying cause of fibromyalgia is very slow metabolism. However, there are some other causes that may include physical injuries, viral infections and emotional trauma as well. It has been believed that fibromyalgia is actually not a disease but a chronic painful condition that results due to abnormal or unnatural body responses. In the condition of fibromyalgia, the patient’s body becomes less responsive towards painkillers and other relative medicines.
Pain is the major symptom of fibromyalgia but unlike arthritis, pain or discomfort is in ligaments and muscles. Usually, the pain caused due to this disease is located near neck, back, hips and shoulders. The tenderness can be worse during mornings and in the form of burning, stabbing and throbbing.
Painful menstrual cramps, headaches, memory problems, fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and anxiety are some other symptoms of fibromyalgia. Pain is common in all the above symptoms. Due to itchy pain in muscles or ligaments, an individual is forced to see an Orthopedic Doctor. It is also true that some patients experience migraine problems as well if they are suffering from this disease. People with autoimmune diseases also experience the symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis and lupus are few who can face symptoms of fibromyalgia. Sleeplessness is another common symptom that most people face. People might also report pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and bladder irritability like symptoms.
Low impact exercise is commonly suggested by doctors to such patients. It is essential to keep the muscles conditioned by exercising at least 3 days in a week. It really helps in reliving some discomfort in muscles. Other exercises include walking, water aerobics, biking, swimming and weight training exercises. These should be practiced in daily life. Such exercises help in boosting the energy levels resulting in better sleep.
As the pain is the common symptom, it is recommended to apply moderate heat on sore muscles. An effective massage from a masseur can also prove to be beneficial.
For more information, visit us at Lewis Orthopaedics. We are located at 2301 South Clear Creek Road Suite 204 Killeen, TX 76549. You can also call us at Killeen: (254) 634-2857 and Lampasas: (512) 564-0722.