When we feel bad, most of us usually ignore the problem and tell ourselves that it will pass quickly.
Take for example muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue. These are common symptoms that everyone experiences from time to time.. but they can also be symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic problem characterized by muscle and joint pain, fatigue, sensitivity to pain and a variety of other symptoms.
According to the CDC – Center for Disease Control, about 2% of the adult population in the western world suffers from the disease.
Mayo Clinic notes that most of those who suffer from the disease are women. And one of the causes of the disease is genetics, so if someone in your family suffers from fibromyalgia, the chance you will get it is greater.
Fibromyalgia is not easy to treat, according to the National Institute of Health, so it is important to know the symptoms so that you can consult a doctor and/or rheumatologist and get an accurate diagnosis and make a comprehensive plan so that you can live better.
According to the National Institute of Health in the UK, it is common for people with fibromyalgia to have general pain for a long time, they will have a great sensitivity to pain, and their thinking will not be clear and focused (a symptom called fibro-fog). Chronic pain can affect sleep, resulting in stress, and chronic fatigue.
Here are common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
• Stiffness of the body in the morning
• Menstrual cramps are particularly painful
• Tingling or numbness in the hands and/or feet
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Migraines or severe headaches
• Joint problems
Even if you suffer from some of these symptoms it does not mean that you have fibromyalgia. But it’s definitely a sign that you should go to the doctor and check what’s causing them.
Living with chronic pain increases the chance of developing a mental or physical illness, so it is important to see a doctor and diagnose the problem. Once it is diagnosed, you can alleviate the symptoms and live a happier and healthier life despite the disease you suffer from.
The treatments are usually a combination of medication, exercise, proper nutrition and good sleep.