Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that last more than 3 months including:
- incapacitating fatigue;
- widespread pain;
- tender points;
- anxiety and/or depression.
The is a close link between Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and sleep deprivation. It is thought that a long period of sleep deprivation can cause the same symptoms that add up to a diagnosis of FMS and conversely, fibromylagia pain and mood disruptions can cause sleep deprivation. Thus, sufferers become stuck in a pain cycle that causes huge sleep disturbances.
By treating each symptom as well as taking a more holistic lifestyle approach sufferers can lead a full and wonderful life with minimal pain.
1. Anti-depressants may be used to regulate the mood disorder component as well as facilitate better sleep patterns.
2. Pain medications (such as Lyrica that deal specifically with nerve pain) may be prescribed to alleviate the aches that are intefering with quality sleep and preventing regular exercise. Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatories that contain opiods such as codine as these do not help with FMS pain and can create dependency.
3. Therapeutic massage helps to ease stiff muscles.
4. Regular stretching reduces built-up muscle tension. You may want to join a yoga/pilates/ballet studio to learn some new and valuable stretches.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common chronic pain condition after osteoarthritis. Learning to manage FMS is tough as it requires many of the things that our modern lifestyle denies us- good sleep, regular exercise, relaxation and listening to your body (rather than over-riding it). But many are winning the battle against FMS. We think you can too!
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