Fibromyalgia Pain Management

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					is in high demand by patients who suffer often debilitating aches, joint stiffness,
muscle spasms, headaches, extreme fatigue, and a vast assortment of musculoskeletal
problems. The condition can be further exacerbated by tag-along illnesses such as
chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome which skyrockets a sufferer's pain right
through the roof.
  The causes of FMS are not clear and the cures are not specific which creates more
difficulty in providing generic fibromyalgia pain reduction for everyone. Each case of
the illness varies from patient to patient which includes the areas, degrees and stimuli
of discomfort. A customized treatment plan that is based on a understanding of each
person's symptoms is the best approach to offering real relief for those who
chronically suffer from lifestyle altering pain.
  In order to design an effective plan for relief, a diagnosis of the illness must be
accurate. FMS is difficult to detect since there are no clear tests that can pinpoint the
condition. A diagnosis is usually assigned after all other possible illnesses that
produce similar symptoms are eliminated. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,
and chronic fatigue commonly exhibit many of the same symptoms and most doctors
want to systematically eliminate other possibilities before tackling fibromyalgia pain
relief with an overall treatment protocol. Since the disorder is a hidden malady that
does not produce testable results in a lab, a sufferer must carefully choose an
experienced medical professional that deals with FMS on a regular basis. Otherwise, a
label of psychosomatic or hypochondria may be offered by some inexperienced
physicians who are not adept at addressing illnesses that may not appear in a test tube.
  After a diagnosis is determined, all considerations of a person's health and lifestyle
are generally evaluated in order to develop the best treatment plan for a patient.
Fibromyalgia pain reduction is at the top of the list since physical discomfort is one of
the most severe symptoms of the illness other than extreme fatigue.
  Pain relief is addressed in a multiplicity of ways which include traditional medicine
as well as alternative methods of treatment. The common traditional tools that doctors
employ are various types of physical therapy, antidepressants, sleeping pills and
muscle relaxants. Physical therapy in the form of hydro exercise, stretching, and
walking can help reduce fatigue and muscular discomfort.
  Depression is common among those who suffer with the condition and dealing with
the psychological side affects of long term issues can sometimes be lessened with
certain medications at least for a short period of time. Sleep disorders are common in
patients as well, so many physicians may prescribe mild sleep aids that will allow
sufferers to have a few hours rest a night.
  This can help with fibromyalgia pain relief that is often more serious among people
who cannot get a good night's rest. Muscle relaxers offer some management of
common discomfort by releasing tension in trigger point areas that are particularly
painful. Continued use of muscle relaxers is not advised, but occasional use during
particularly painful periods can alleviate strain and discomfort. There are other self
help as well as alternative methods of fibromyalgia pain reduction that are commonly
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