I have been suffering with pain for many years. Ten years
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, even though I have probably had this condition for many more years.
It is believe that my FM was brought on by the other medical conditions that I have. I guess my body
decided that the other pain problems weren't enough, that it would create yet another Chronic Pain condition.
Living with FM is not an easy thing to do. Between my other problems, and FM I am in chronic
pain 24 hours a day seven days a week.
I can no longer rule my life instead Chronic pain is ruling
my life. Unfortunately there is no cure yet for FM, since this condition is relatively new they are just
beginning to figure out what causes FM, and how to treat it. There is still so much they do not understand
about this condition.
Hopefully one day they will find a cure, and for me and the oh so many others
will be set free from the life of pain.
Below you will find information and links concerning
FMS (Fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and
fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments
and tendons--the fibrous tissues in the body.
15-50% Restless Legs Muscle Twitches Itchy Skin Hearing Disturbances Night
Sweats Migraines Breathing Problems Infection Proneness Skin Manifestations (rashes) Interstitial
cystitis TMJ Dysfunction Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Below 15% Major Depression
The American College of Rheumatology, in Atlanta, estimates that a similar condition, Fibromyalgia,
afflicts between three million and six million Americans, the vast majority of them women of childbearing
age. Typically, patients with Fibromyalgia have widespread chronic achiness and/or certain areas that
are exquisitely painful to the touch. These "tender points" occur within muscles, tendons or joints,
distinguishing them from arthritis pain, which affects only the joints. They are clustered around the
neck, shoulders, chest, hips, knees and elbows. Patients with Fibromyalgia may also suffer periodic bouts
of irritable bowel syndrome, marked by constipation and diarrhea, as well as severe, recurrent headaches.
Since the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are diverse and vary among patients, treatment
programs have to be individualized Because the exact cause of Fibromyalgia remains a mystery they
have yet to define an ideal treatment method for all patients with this illness.
Treatment Supervised exercise: Studies suggest that physical conditioning minimizes FM symptoms.
Good goal is 40 minutes, three times a week.
Pacing Patients need to learn that strenuous
activity one day may require two days of rest afterward.
Medications Low doses of
tricycles antidepressants at bedtime may ease pain and enhance sleep. The list of medications is almost
as long as the list of symptoms. Click on the Medications to see a list of some of the drugs used.
Aggravating factors Changes in weather, cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual
and menopausal states), stress, depression, anxiety and over-exertion can all contribute to symptom flare-ups.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, an estimated 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia, making
it the second leading arthritis-related condition. (Although patients with the disorder may fear that
they are developing arthritis, the disease actually does not affect the joints.) Other experts think
the numbers are greater, with perhaps as many as one in twenty Americans having this condition. Some
rheumatologists say that Fibromyalgia is the most common condition seen in their practices, especially
among women younger than 50. Many people often spend years going from doctor to doctor before receiving
an accurate diagnosis.