Everyone experiences pain differently. Fibromyalgia affects many people and the disorder can manifest differently in each person. Some may not experience the full range of symptoms or the severity that others experience.
For some, symptoms may be slight and livable while for others symptoms are extremely painful to the point of chronic pain and completely life altering if not debilitating.
Severe Fibromyalgia is often characterized by widespread chronic pain and a sensitivity to pressure or touch. People living with Fibromyalgia often experience sleeplessness or sleep disturbance which can lead to chronic fatigue, muscle soreness or spasms, joint soreness, inflammation or stiffness, bowel and bladder disorders, mood swings, headaches, depression and anxiety.
These symptoms may be accompanied by others and vary in intensity.
Some people experience these symptoms or some of these symptoms so severely that is literally debilitating. Some people experience chronic pain that is severe from the top of their head to the bottom of their toes.
Chronic Fibromyalgia affects all aspects of life. Some people have to quit or change their job or even move or relocate to find treatment or other work. A Fibromyalgia flare up affects a person’s mental and emotional well-being as many people who struggle with the disorder lose the support of friends and even family.
It’s very important, when living with Fibromyalgia, to learn to speak out. There is no Fibromyalgia cure for Fibromyalgia and some people, even medical professionals, don’t recognize the disorder as legitimate. You may have to be prepared to be your own advocate.
Living with chronic pain affects every single aspect of life but there are treatments available.
This article will go more into detail on treatments in a later section but there are lifestyle changes that might lesson the severity of symptoms, support groups, natural drugs and methods, physical therapy or prescription drugs that can help you take back your life from chronic pain.
Chronic Fatigue Treatment
People living with Fibromyalgia often experience chronic fatigue. Because of the pain of Fibromyalgia can be unbearable, it is often difficult to fall asleep or sleep well.
People often wake feeling like they haven’t slept at all or like they’ve been hit by a bus. Every limb is heavy, weighed down and painful. Every day activities seem daunting.
It can be hard to keep a job, maintain hobbies or even participate in your family’s or children’s lives.
Poor Sleeping Habits
Poor sleeping habits are the second most reported symptom of behind pain. As stated, people find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep.
The sleep is not restful. Stress, environment, anxiety and depression can all contribute to poor sleep as well. Because of this many people complain of what is called a fibro fog.
Chronic Fatigue feels like exhaustion. Listlessness and sleeplessness make it hard to complete everyday tasks. It can make it hard to function, work or do everyday tasks.
Chronic fatigue can also lower a person’s desire or threshold for exercise which in turn can make Fibromyalgia symptoms worse. Stress and anxiety can also make chronic fatigue worse.
Sleep & Fatigue Treatments
Treating poor quality sleep and chronic fatigue isn’t easy and may require an amount of experimentation to determine which treatment is right for you. Some state that a Fibromyalgia treatment may work at the start might not work after months of using them.
The best thing to do is not get discouraged and to keep an open mind. Many times it’s not just one treatment that will work but a combination of different treatments. Stress and anxiety only make it harder to fall asleep and get a good rest so try not to worry or get discouraged if something doesn’t work or doesn’t work right away.
Over the counter medications such as Joint Advance or prescription medications may help you sleep better. It’s best to consult a medical professional who then may even refer you to a sleep expert.
Lifestyle changes can also help you fall asleep and get a restful sleep. Cutting out caffeine in the evening, trying to exercise regularly, avoiding napping, dietary changes and keeping a regular bedtime may all help.
Other people have experienced success with relaxation techniques at bedtime like meditation or deep breathing exercises. Guided meditations can be purchased and played on a CD player or phone. These exercises can be used for relaxation, de-stressing and as a way to prepare your body to rest.
You might be surprised that something as simple as changing your breathing for twenty minutes a night can have a huge impact on your overall sleep and health.
Creating a good sleep environment is often important to finding good rest. You might need to buy a different mattress or pillow or change the temperature in the room.
Combating fatigue can often be done with lifestyle change. Limiting stress and anxiety and not taking on too much at once will help. Exercising regularly and eating healthy can all help both with pain management and combating this type of chronic fatigue syndrome