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Coping with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a muscular pain condition that affects up to 5 percent of the U.S. population. It is closely associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, which may often affect the sufferer as well. Muscles all over the body hurt, sometimes severely, and no specific cause is found.

While modern medicine undoubtedly saves lives with its intensive care units and pioneering surgery, it very often lets patients down when they are suffering from chronic pain. If there is no straight forward answer to the patient’s condition or they have failed to respond to the standard treatment, they are often told to go away and live with it, which is easy for the healthcare provider to say but not so easy for the patient.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

• Muscle pain all over the body including neck and head pain.
• Stabbing or burning pains in the muscles.
• Chronic exhaustion. Having no energy to do anything. Sometimes the sufferer is bed ridden.
• Problems with staying asleep at night, difficulty concentrating and problems with memory. Some sufferers are unable to work because of all these symptoms.
• Chronic headaches or migraine.
• Abdominal pain, upset stomach, constipation.
• Female sufferers of fibromyalgia may also have painful periods and vulvodynia (chronic pain in the vulva), but not always.
It is common if you suffer from fibromyalgia to also suffer from an additional pain disorder or immune system problem.

Regaining Your Quality of Life

If your doctor has given up on you and tells you to go home, get a second opinion. No person deserves to live in pain. Ask to be referred to a pain clinic. Doctors at a pain clinic specialize in managing patient’s pain.
Pain relieving medication can be given to ease the muscle pain of fibromyalgia, including injections of lidocaine into specific problem areas. Muscle relaxants could also help with pain. Sleeping tablets can be given to induce deep sleep, which is needed to allow the body to repair itself.

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