Although medications can help reduce the pain associated with it; unfortunately, fibromyalgia is yet another one of the most common medical conditions that remains without a cure. The Mayo Clinic defines fibromyalgia as: “a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.” http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243
Fibromyalgia is considered to be a prevalent disorder that affects millions of adults around the world, mostly women, but it’s not unusual for men and children to develop the condition too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2% of the population suffers from it, and a majority of people are diagnosed during middle age. http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm
So, since there is no cure, a fibromyalgia doctor typically will recommend a regimen of medication and self-care. Some over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve the pain, and in some instances, prescription pain relievers may be prescribed. Otherwise, self-care is considered to be among the most effective techniques regarding the managing of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Here are some of the most successful self-care methods:
- Quality Sleeping Habits – Since one of the biggest downfalls related to fibromyalgia is fatigue, those suffering from fibromyalgia are encouraged to practice optimal sleep habits to combat the fatigue.
- Exercise – Even though it might seem painful, and you may feel fatigued, easing into a regular fitness routine can help decrease the symptoms over time. Some suggested exercises include: swimming, stretching and walking.
- Diet – Not only can a healthy diet help prevent other diseases like cancer, but eating healthy foods and limiting caffeine can also reduce many of the issues caused by fibromyalgia.
- Relax – Reducing stress is paramount in the fight against disorders like fibromyalgia, so you should consider adopting some stress management techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises or even
- Functional Medicine – Functional Medicine is a patient centered approach to healing, addressing imbalances and dysfunctions in the body’s organ systems, and at the cellular level, in order to reestablish normal function. The premise of Functional Medicine is that conditions such as diabetes, thyroid, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are manifestations or symptoms of an underlying dysfunction or imbalance in one or more of the body’s systems. By restoring normal physiology and removing potential barriers to the bodies normal metabolic pathways, the body is then in a much better position to heal itself.
Orlando Fibromyalgia Dr. Steven Harrison specializes in functional medicine and helping people regain and maintain their health through lifestyle modification and nutrition. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, then you are encouraged to contact Total Health and Rehab for a free consultation.