Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition which is mostly found in women and is considered nearly as common as Osteoarthritis. It can lead to a debilitating depression and social withdrawal. It needs to be clarified that fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease; however, many people with autoimmune diseases do have fibromyalgia. This confuses and lengthens the diagnostic process between the two.
Also, it has been thought that in Fibromyalgia, nerves are hypersensitive to any stimulation, but this is a theory.
The muscles of your body might hurt all over without any physical activity and the joints may also start aching, making you all restless, and unwilling to exercise. It eventually leads to depression and anxiety as well. Other symptoms may be chronic headaches, incapability to focus on things, abdominal pain and body stiffness.
While you can always consult a doctor, it is also necessary to put efforts to find a way to deal with the disease like this one without losing hope and letting it take control of you and make you weak. As they rightly say, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ and there surely is. Let me show you 5 ways that might help you to fight not only Fibromyalgia but many chronic pains.
While you are suffering from Fibromyalgia, you might start accepting the pain and letting it make you weak and take control of you. It is because you tuned your brain to feel the pain and react to each stimulus which eventually leads to depression and restlessness and you might start feeling the pain 10 times more in intensity.
Fortunately, meditation and its mindfulness techniques make powerful tools which helps you to alter the way your brain asseses the pain stimuli, and encourages the brain to reject the perception of pain. It makes you aware of the sensations, movements, thoughts and breaths that keep occurring from time to time, enabling you to perceive each selectively and take control of the way your brain makes you react to each of these things.
Acupuncture is a treatment to reduce many categories of chronic pain; it increases your tolerance level by altering the way your brain works. It may also remove the energy blocks and let it flow without hassle along the channel.
In this treatment, fine needles are inserted in specific strategic points of the body and left there for a little while. However, you might want to consult your doctor before you take this treatment additionally. It has worked for quite a lot of people and you never know it might work for you too.
People who suffer from fibromyalgia often spend more of their time in bed and with their pillow. The uncomfortable pillow that spoils the position of your cervical structure may lead to greater pain and you will not even detect where the problem lies. As a solution, medical pillows are of great help to ease your ever-present pain of Fibromyalgia. They provide better support and posture that reduces the pain commendably and also helps you to fall asleep, eradicating the feeling of restlessness.
Those who are suffering from Fibromyalgia can decrease the pain and the symptoms by Yoga which is a combination of mind and body techniques that does not only help in relieving the pain but enables you to calm and control your brain accordingly as well. Researchers in Oregon carried out a “Yoga of Awareness” health program which had 53 women participants, and they led to a conclusion that Yoga significantly reduces the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Inflammation is a cause of many health problems including chronic pain. According to a German research, anti-inflammatory nutrients that are usually found in vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli and red onions can help to reduce inflammation, leading to reduced pain and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Not only this, but it also helps to reduce the side-effects of the medication you take while suffering from this painful disease.
Therefore, including anti-inflammatory nutrients to your diet may lead to relief of this ever-present pain eventually.
This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com
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