A_Look_at_Pain_Relief_for_Fibromyalgia by agusmuhammad

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A Look at Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

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Summary:
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disease that affects the
musculoskeletal system. Symptoms vary widely among sufferers, but
generally include muscle and joint aches, chronic fatigue, irritable
bowel syndrome, headaches and tenderness in several of eighteen specific
areas, or “trigger points” on the body.   Fibromyalgia is often
overlooked by sufferers as the inevitable result of a busy schedule and
everyday stress. When patients do seek treatment, doctors often
misdiagnose fibromyalgia as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue
syndrome, or another musculoskeletal condition. It affects women far
more often than men, at a ratio of about ten to one. While some cases
result from a specific trauma, more often the exact cause is unknown.


Keywords:
Pain Relief, Arthritis Pain Relief, Back Pain Relief, Joint Pain Relief


Article Body:
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disease that affects the
musculoskeletal system. Symptoms vary widely among sufferers, but
generally include muscle and joint aches, chronic fatigue, irritable
bowel syndrome, headaches and tenderness in several of eighteen specific
areas, or “trigger points” on the body.   Fibromyalgia is often
overlooked by sufferers as the inevitable result of a busy schedule and
everyday stress. When patients do seek treatment, doctors often
misdiagnose fibromyalgia as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue
syndrome, or another musculoskeletal condition. It affects women far
more often than men, at a ratio of about ten to one. While some cases
result from a specific trauma, more often the exact cause is unknown.

The first step to fibromyalgia pain relief is being properly diagnosed.
The condition is not completely understood by the medical community, and
there is no specific course of treatment. Most advice given to patients
reads like a weight-loss program, recommending low-intensity exercise,
drinking lots of water, and reducing mental and physical stresses such as
those caused by saturated fats, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, meat and
sugar.

Anti-depressants are often prescribed as part of the treatment, which
elevate the mood of the patient. Muscle relaxants and sleep aids may
also be recommended. Since fibromyalgia sufferers are often found to be
low in manganese and magnesium, both of which help balance thyroid
function, nutritional supplements may prove beneficial as well.

Physical therapy is another essential component for fibromyalgia pain
relief, as it teaches patients methods of walking, stretching, and
exercise that reduce muscle tension and fatigue. A physical therapist
will also teach patients how to make use of ergonomic tools in their
daily life, like padded chairs and special keyboards designed to minimize
muscle strain.

Some patients choose to incorporate alternative treatments such as
acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy into their treatment.
While the efficacy of these natural treatments has not been carefully
studied and quantified, testimonials of fibromyalgia sufferers indicate
that all of these alternative treatments may help alleviate symptoms of
the disease.   Whatever patients decide upon, it must be remembered that
there is no simple cure for fibromyalgia, and a comprehensive plan that
address mental and psychological symptoms and promotes healthy lifestyle
habits is the most direct method of obtaining fibromyalgia pain relief.

								
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