Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, and widespread pain and/or tenderness lasting
for a period of 3 months or longer. Fibromyalgia is a real medical condition, and one that
can be managed. Some possible environmental triggers may include: A physically traumatic or stressful event, an emotionally stressful event, an infection.

About eleven years ago, I wrote articles for a Fibro News Letter, in Surrey and Sussex
Support Group in England. I have been a facilitator for groups for Fibromyalgia, which
affects almost 4 million Americans. Many times the diagnosis for this syndrome is missed.

At this time, there are still physicians who mistakenly miss the diagnosis of this medical
condition. Competent physicians can confirm a diagnosis by finding multiple tender points in characteristic locations. A good history by the physician should include any and all symptoms and signs, and referral to the Arthritis Foundations, so that patients can take control of finding everything they need to know. This is imperative. Validation is the first step to taking control of your health. Fibromyalgia can feel like a loss, because people often feel that they are restricted by the problems that are part of the illness.

Some of the familiar symptoms are pain, which can be describe in a variety of ways, such
as burning, gnawing, sore, stiff and aching. There can be a history of sleep disturbances, fatigue, restless legs syndrome. Other problems may include having difficulty concentrating, mood changes, and many more. Unfortunately, many people with these symptoms, feel embarrassed to discuss such a potpourri of problems with a physician, and often complain and undergo complicated and repeated evaluations before they are diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia. It is important to see a rheumatologist or another internist who is sensitive and familiar to the diagnosis and treatment of Fibromyalgia.

Some people wake up in the morning with various complaints, such as headache, migraine or cluster. They additionally make wake up feeling tired, overwhelmed, hurting all over, and therefore many individuals feel depressed, and do not feel like getting up at all. There are medications which one ask there doctor about. Of course it is much better to do all you can, to see if you are doing everything possible to help these various serious pains and aches by yourself if possible. Listed below are some suggestions:

Pay attention to the weather: weather with changing humidity is a factor. High humidity seems to bother many people with Fibromyalgia. You can purchase a de-humidifier. This humidifier is not too expensive, and when run before sleep in your bedroom, 2 or 3 hours before bedtime, helps lower the humidity in the air, if you are in a humid climate condition. You will be surprised, how much water can be emptied the lst or or 2nd day after use.

Do water aerobics. At the various health clubs, like the Y, there are deep water aerobics, as well as walking aerobics. The friction against the water is very helpful. YOU WILL FEEL BETTER. Stay active, and do not stay in bed. That only makes things worse.

Get a walking step meter, and WALK. The more you walk, the better you will be. one must stay active aerobically.

Get a massage. You can do this through the Y. The Y can be your best friend. Take Tai Chi. It helps with bal.

Do the most exercise that you are capable of. The body responds well to exercise. Exercise does many things. It is good for the mind, keeps the weight stable, and is great for the body, and you feel you have accomplished something worthwhile.

Speak with a registered dietitian. Do not look at food as a diet, but a way to live your life to feel better. In fact, stop using the word diet. Diet may have negative connotations and memory changes in a life style. Anyone can make these simple changes to their life.

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