by A. Grano on November 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 am
Fibromyalgia may be one of the most frustrating ailments to contend with, as the exact cause remains unknown and a specific conventional test to aptly diagnose it does not exist. However, as the approximately 6 million Americans who suffer from symptoms know, learning how to live with the condition can be life-changing.
Signs and symptoms
Part of the difficulty in diagnosing fibromyalgia is the vast variety of symptoms the condition may present. The most telltale signs are pain, stiffness and tender spots throughout the body that persists for more than three months, accompanied by a combination of other symptoms such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disturbances, as well as changes in mood, depression and/or anxiety.
Since there are often a lot of cause-and-effect symptoms with fibromyalgia (pain may lead to sleep loss, which can lead to depression, fatigue, etc.), ruling out underlying diseases will help pinpoint the condition as well.
The first reaction when dealing with pain is often to decrease or eliminate all exercise. However, inactivity can lead to even more pain and stiffness, so it’s important to find activities that you can handle, and gradually work up to higher intensity and duration.
In addition, while managing symptoms can greatly improve quality of life, working with your condition can also help you make progress. For instance, don’t push yourself too hard on “better” days, and find outlets to help manage stress.
Finding relief will likely take some patience and time, and often takes a combination approach. When taken in therapeutic dosage and used as part of a holistic health plan, natural remedies can help provide support, such as Bryonia (6C), which is effective in addressing inflammation in the lining of the joints, chest, and abdomen, and Staphysagria (6C), which helps calm complaints involving the nervous system.
FibroFree Complex™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves localized muscle pain, soreness, fatigue, and nervous system hypersensitivity