one of the most rapidly growing diagnosis in America. It affects 12
million Americans. The ratio of women to men is 8:1. It is most common
in women over 40. A blood test or MRI does not diagnose Fibromyalgia.
It is diagnosed by symptoms of wide spread chronic pain and tenderness
in 11 of 18 defined points.
Studies have shown that people
with fibromyalgia often interpret painless stimuli as being painful.
They have decreased serotonin levels that interfere with sleep. It is
similar to having post-traumatic stress disorder.
Women, who live with the symptoms
of fibromyalgia, can feel as if they have no control over their life.
Constant aches, pain and stiffness, coupled with sleepless nights, can
lead to depression, anxiety and irritability. Activities of daily
living become a challenge. Job performance, personal and family
relationships suffer under the strain of the chronic pain. Quality of
life takes a downward spiral. A sense of despair glooms over every day.
- Become a
detective. What triggers your pain, your stress?
Find ways to simplify your life.
- Take time for
your self, by taking a walk or a bath. Read a book. Try journaling.
this disease, by most physicians, is antidepressants, cortisone or
lidocaine injections, and pain pills. These alone are not enough to be
effective. Mind-body practices, such as, massage, meditation, movement
and journaling must play an integral part of your treatment program.