For a lot of sufferers of fibromyalgia, the situation can feel somewhat helpless. As a chronic condition with no diagnostic test, many people have to endure long periods of pain and discomfort before they are officially diagnosed and treatment can begin.
The difficulty with treating fibromyalgia medically stems from the fact that there is no single cause, nor is there a single symptom. According to the NHS, symptoms of the condition include….
- increased sensitivity to pain
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog"), such as problems with memory and concentration
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
When treatment does start, a lot of the tried and trusted recommendations revolve around lifestyle interventions. With such a wide range of problems to treat, often the first port of call is to improve general health by enhancing sleep, improving the diet of the patient and where possible, introducing exercise.
These interventions have proven positive impacts on the health and well-being of the patient.