Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that affects nearly 5 million Americans, mostly women. Fibromyalgia is the most common muscuskeletal disorder after osteoarthritis. Symptoms can include:
- depression or anxiety
- decreased pain threshold or tender points
- incapacitating fatigue
- widespread pain
Fibromyalgia basically causes you to ache all over. You may have tender points on your body that may be too painful to even touch. You may be able to visualize swelling and have trouble sleeping. Your muscles may feel like they’ve been overworked or pulled, even if you didn’t exercise.
In terms of getting diagnosed, there are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose Fibromyalgia. Your doctor will rely on medical history and a physical exam to determine the diagnosis. To rule out more serious illnesses though, your doctor will probably run a couple blood tests.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Fibromyalgia. There is no way to eliminate all the symptoms together, but there are a couple of medications that can help decrease symptoms and eliminate as many symptoms as possible. Although the FDA did approve a couple medications, we believe that symptoms can lessen with more functional-type treatments. Even just practicing deep breathing can help relax and settle the muscles. Massages can help do the same thing. Sleep is another big one to help the body recover. Some simple home remedices include applying moist heat to the muslces to releive temporary pain from those muscles. Hot showers, heating pads, ice packs and even putting your clothes in the dryer before putting them on can help get the blood flowing and get deep into the muscular tissue to releive tension.
Here are some anti-fibro exercises that you could try out as well: http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/ss/slideshow-fibromyalgia-friendly-exercises