Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease in which widespread pain occurs along muscles, tissues, joints, ligaments and other connecting body parts. Fibromyalgia is routinely confused with other, more well-known joint pains like rheumatism and arthritis. Fibromyalgia symptoms may develop early in a young patient’s life, but may still go unnoticed and undiagnosed. Although symptoms may take time to develop or afflict the sufferer’s work-life balance, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and may significantly hamper the productivity and standard of living for an adult sufferer.
The patient may notice many points on his/her body becoming more sensitive to pain. The application of even slight amounts of pressure might cause unbearable agony. The neck, shoulder areas, knees, upper and lower hips, legs and back are the parts of the body most susceptible to developing these signs. While tolerance to initial pains may be possible, conditions like constant muscle pain, spasms and a feeling of tiredness gradually set in.
The patient may find it impossible to sit in one place for long periods of time, and in many cases, sufferers are forced to discontinue everyday work and other activities. These pains can be distinguished from symptoms of arthritis or rheumatism by the fact that arthritic pains are usually centralized around one or two body parts – usually joints and bones. However, fibromyalgic pains are felt throughout the body.
Risks and complications
Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia need to take precaution at the fact that their symptoms might develop into other disorders as well. Patients are almost always fatigued and may feel constantly tired, even after healthy amounts of sleep and rest. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, have restless sleep and uncontrollable movements throughout the body even while sleeping, these signs could indirectly indicate fibromyalgia.
Sufferers also might become highly sensitive to heat, pressure, force on any part of the body, light etc. The tendency to develop multiple disorders increases with age. A family history of suffering from the diseases also predisposes a patient to developing it. Women are more vulnerable to the disorder than men.
Symptoms of this condition can always be suppressed by a mix of analgesics and drugs, but a natural, gradual approach to reducing pains is a much healthier alternative. Reduction of stress and work-home pressure is a must.
A good herbal recommendation is the Boswellia plant, whose extracts have been used to cure joint inflammations and pains for hundreds of years. Boswellia is also available as medicinal supplement.