Fibromyalgia cannot be treated with a tablet or painkillers. It’s a serious, pain-filled and challenging condition that affects the connective tissues causing widespread pain, anxiety, depression, and can completely drain an individual. This condition requires lifestyle changes but done in a way that will not confuse the body clock. For instance, when a flare-up happens, it is recommended that the individual listen to calming, soft music and limit light and noise but avoid taking naps.
To help you understand fibromyalgia better, here is the symptoms checklist which you can print and use to track your condition better.
Symptoms to Watch Out For in Family Medical History
Even if you have not been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but feeling unusual pain and fatigue, there are markers used by doctors to determine if you could possibly have this condition – even before the diagnostic tests are done.
Does anyone in your family have the following recurrent issues:
- Endometriosis which is a condition that causes pelvic pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Thyroid disease
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle
- Mononucleosis, Glandular fever, or Epstein-Barr virus
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Autoimmune disease
- Exposure to anything toxic
- Stress, infections, physical injuries, trauma, Type A Personality
- Recent vaccinations
Are you feeling any of the following:
- Unexplained pain all over your body in the last 3 months that cannot be solved with rest
- Pain in most of your tender points like neck muscles, shoulder blades, arms, buttocks, hips, knees, and chest
- Cramps, soreness, burning sensation, spasms, stiffness, joint pain and muscle pain
- Headaches, problems sleeping and breathing
- Painful monthly menstrual periods
- Sore throat, poor attention span, temporary memory loss, confusion
- Brain fog
- Panic attacks, mood swings
- Sensitivity to chemical and temperature shifts
- Allergic reaction to medicine, alcohol, food, molds, pollen
- Diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, nausea
- Low blood sugar
- Mild fever
- Vision issues, dizziness
- Palpitation, irregular heartbeat
- Unusual weight changes
You don’t have to feel all these symptoms all the time. This list is to help you tick off the different issues you may be experiencing so when you visit your doctor, you can just show him the list. It will help the doctor diagnose your problem faster and with better accuracy.
While a flare-up is raging on, here are some tips on what you can do to handle it:
- Meditate or do something to remove the stress
- Stretch your muscles, do some low impact exercise to help joint movement, fatigue, and insomnia. A good idea is swimming because the water can be therapeutic
- Know what food can lead to a flare-up. An inside tip is to avoid anything with dairy or MSG
With over 5 million Americans suffering from fibromyalgia, majority of whom are women, it is critical to talk to professionals and those in support groups who can empathize with you and make you feel better. It’s not an easy condition to live with but with careful planning and care, you can live a full and satisfying life.