Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and sensitivity across the entire body. This can be a crippling condition that severely reduces a patient's quality of life and it's highly important to understand the illness if you or someone you know is suffering so that you can find effective fibromyalgia treatment.
Here we will look at the basics of fibromyalgia including the symptoms, the causes and the options for fibromyalgia treatment.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain spread throughout the body along with increased sensitivity to pressure. At the same time though, there are also a number of other potential side effects that will often be present and these include:
· Difficulty sleeping
· Stiffness of the joints
· Difficulty breathing
· Difficulty swallowing
· Bowel/bladder irregularities
· Tingling and numbness
· Cognitive issues
Fibromyalgia appears to be at least partly psychosomatic meaning that it has a strong psychological element. It is often related to depression and anxiety and is also closely linked to general stress. It's also commonly observed alongside posttraumatic stress disorder. Precise symptoms vary from case to case and in cases where fibromyalgia treatments are managing symptoms this must be taken into account.
The precise causes of fibromyalgia are not completely understood but it is generally thought that there are a number of environmental and genetic factors that combine to cause the effects.
One theory put forward is that fibromyalgia is a 'central sensitization' condition meaning that patients have a generally heightened sensitivity to pain due to irregularities with cells in the spinal cord and brain. Genetic anomalies have also been found that appear to impact on both depression and fibromyalgia by upsetting levels of glutamatergic, neurotrophic, opioid, monoaminergic and proinflammatory cytokine signaling.
It is thought that these genetic anomalies can make a person more susceptible to fibromyalgia and that lifestyle factors such as stress can then cause to it developing fully. Smoking, obesity and lack of physical activity all also increase risk of fibromyalgia. Sleep disorders also appear to play a role.
Roughly between 2-8% of the population are thought to suffer from the condition.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia and thus most fibromyalgia treatments will revolve around managing the conditions.
One of the best natural fibromyalgia treatment currently available is Fibroxify, which is a supplement that describes itself as an 'advanced fibromyalgia relief formula'. This supplement combines an anti-inflammation complex which can help to reduce inflammation in the brain and thus help reduce depression and fibromyalgia. At the same time it includes natural analgesics for immediate natural fibromyalgia pain – these work by 'calming' the nerves that send pain signals.
There are also many other forms of treatment available. One is CBT or 'Cognitive Behavioral Therapy' – a form of therapy that can help patients to deal with stress and depressive symptoms and thereby overcome some of the effects of fibromyalgia or at least lessen the symptoms. Studies have shown this treatment to be very effective.
Medications such as antidepressants and opioids can also sometimes be used in treatment of fibromyalgia, as can anti-seizure medications such as barbiturates. These work by altering levels of neurotransmitters which control mood as well as attention and pain. While these can be effective forms of treatment for fibromyalgia, they also have a number of side effects and it can be dangerous messing with your brain chemistry in this way. As such, it is far preferable to try 'gentler' approaches such as Fibroxify combined with CBT to begin with.
Maintaining a generally healthy and active lifestyle is also very important and has been shown in several studies to reduce symptoms and provide some natural fibromyalgia pain relief.