How to Recognize Fibromyalgia – What is it, its Symptoms and Treatments

Guest Post by Henna.

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder, characterized by severe muscle pain, fatigue, memory loss, and other issues.

Medical
science has many theories about this muscle condition. While the Arthritis
Foundation considers Fibromyalgia as one of the hundred forms of arthritis, due
to its classic symptoms of joint and muscle pain, and fatigue, recent
researches indicate that the muscle condition is caused by an overactive nervous
system.

The
condition is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed for another medical problem
because of its widespread symptoms. And since there are no particular scans or
lab tests for the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, knowing the symptoms by heart is
the best way to identify and treat the condition.

There is no
cure for this medical condition as of now, however, TMC (Traditional Chinese
Medicine) approach considers essentials oils to be a natural cure for
Fibromyalgia.

However,
before you try any remedy or treatment, you must learn to self-diagnose the
condition by understanding the following symptoms:

Muscle pain
is the first common symptom of fibromyalgia. The pain can range from deep and
sharp, to dull, to throbbing and aching. You will feel the pain in your
muscles, joints, and ligaments across your body.

Your tender
points (predictable, specific tissues under the surface of the skin near the
joints) will be sore and very painful when you press them.

Tingling,
pins and needles, numbness, and burning – these sensations are called
paresthesia. Many individuals often experience bouts of Paresthesia, which
lasts from few minutes to few hours. The sensations can worsen during the night
or after you wake up. Paresthesia is also a sign of nerve damage and that’s why fibromyalgia is
essentially linked with the nervous system. You may also experience swelling
around your tender points.

Sleep
disturbances, such as light and troubled sleep is part of Fibromyalgia. Even
after an 8-hour sleep, you will wake up fatigued and exhausted. According to a
study, people with Fibromyalgia often experience bursts in the brain that
usually happens when we are awake. These sudden bursts can disturb our sleep
and keep us awake.

Fibromyalgia
is common in women than in men. Therefore, during the menstrual cycle, many
women having this condition often go through painful periods. While painful
cramps are quite normal and most women suffer from it and even end up taking
medications and injections to curb the pain, if your menstrual cramp is
followed by other symptoms of Fibromyalgia, you may want to get this diagnosed.

There are
natural ways to treat menstrual cramps, such as yoga and herbal treatments.

Getting out
of the bed in the morning or after prolonged sitting can be a problem in people
with Fibromyalgia because of excessive stiffness in joints and muscles in the
legs, arms, and back. The stiffness usually stays around for 10 – 20 minutes in
the morning. But some may experience it all through the day.

People with
Fibromyalgia will most likely experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome,
such as flatulence, gas, stomachache, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and
nausea. You may also have the symptoms of GERD and acid reflux, such as heartburn, burps, metallic taste in the
mouth, bad breath, and hiccups.

Depression,
mood swings, agitation, and anxiety disorder are also common in people with
Fibromyalgia. Constant pain, lack of sleep, fatigue, and stiffness can impact
individuals’ lifestyles, work, and relationships, which can lead to depression
and mood swings. Few signs of mood disorders are less activity, lethargy,
detained concentration, extreme emotions, fatigue, and short-term memory.

People with
this medical condition often experience migraines and mild to medium headaches.
The pain can also be felt in your neck and upper back. Your tender points in
your neck and head can also trigger a headache. Frequent headaches can make it
hard for you to go about with your regular activities. Peppermint oil is an
effective essential oil for
Fibromyalgia
related headaches. You can mix the oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil and
massage it on your temples and scalp to reduce the symptoms of headache.

In many
cases, individuals reported troubled peeing. A leaky bladder, urinary incontinence,
and pain during urination can be common symptoms. All of these can lead to
mental frustration and depression. In fact, all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia
can cause serious mood disorders.

If urination
problems are not handled in time, they can lead to kidney disease and bladder
infection.

These are
the most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia. You may experience more than three at
a time. Apart from these, you may also have trouble concentrating, memory loss,
excessive fatigue and lethargy, and confusion.

According to the National FibromyalgiaAssociation, around 10 million individuals suffer from Fibromyalgia in the US alone. Since the condition cannot be cured and there so no one particular treatment for all the symptoms, you can choose natural treatment such as essential oils, practicing yoga and medication, and exercising to manage the symptoms and prevent severe flare-ups.

Author Bio:
Henna is a proficient writer who firmly believes
in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several
diseases. After graduating she embarked on a journey to find the truth about
holistic and natural remedies.

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