Fibromyalgia – Symptoms and how to beat
Looks like a simple, scientific word but this disorder which has
gone on to affect more females than males as yet has created ripples in the medical
fraternity. What makes it so complex that is giving some of the best doctors who are well
equipped with pain treatment some sleepless nights?
Fibromyalgia means pain, not literally. The science is that every
human body has a pain tolerance level which is known as a Pain threshold. This is given many scientific terms,
but I prefer calling it a Pain threshold.
Imagine you howling with pain when your dear friend touches you
gently on your hand. It is such small touches that almost paralyse patients suffering from
The pain affects almost all parts of the body.
Neck, Arms, Shoulders, Back and the buttocks as well.
The presence of Tender Points, about 18 of them in a human body are
called as Tender points of Fibromyalgia. These are typically places where even a small touch
will make the person jump and scream.
The other common symptom is fatigue. Some of the
patients who have been suffering from this disease have told me that they wake up at 2 in the night and stay
awake. They ask me if this is something strange. I could only calmly tell
them that this is just a fibromyalgia symptom where you do not get adequate sleep. And it is
this lack of Restive sleep that causes Fatigue, in general, though there may be other causes too.
Enough, I have educated you at length about the
symptoms. Now, let us get down to treating this disease. Keep the
following points stored in your memory pad
1) If one of your friends got treated for this in one way,
do not expect you to be treated the same way. The symptoms may vary person – person and any
good doctor will look at treating you for the symptoms that you have and not what your friend has.
2) Try and locate a local hospital or an efficient medical
service who know about this. I do not want you visiting a local orthopedic surgeon assuming
he would know.
3) Last but not the least, do a lot of mild
fibromyalgia exercise and keep a 30-30-40 carbohydrates, fats and protein ratio in your
If you do all the above, and follow few more steps on the
directions of the physical practitioner, and you should be fine….