Living with Fibro

Are You suffering From Fibromyalgia And What Is The Cost Of Living With Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that shows its impact on the body of a patient by causing aches and pain all over.

People suffering from this disorder develop tender points at various places like neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and legs and these points cause tremendous pain when pressure is applied on them.

Fibromyalgia has taken a toll of as many as 5 million people in America of which mostly are women aged 18 and above.

Men and children can also suffer from this disorder but as per the study and survey, 80 to 90 percent of Fibromyalgia patients are women.

Though there is no age limit for developing this disease but it is generally observed that people in their middle ages mostly, are hard hit by Fibromyalgia.

There are no certain reasons why this disease is caused but doctors have reached to saying that it is caused due to disruption in working of the neurosensors that are present in the brain.

However, the condition of Fibromyalgia is quite painful yet the disease is not generally diagnosed at an early stage.

Then, you must know how to make sure if you are suffering from fibromyalgia. There are various symptoms of this disease and these symptoms often go unnoticed as these can be caused even when a person is completely normal.

But if you have the following mentioned symptoms you must not avoid them and should urgently see a doctor before the condition aggravates to worsen.

Headaches

Yes, indeed developing a headache is very normal and it could be caused due to stress and other general conditions. This is why you generally miss out headache as a symptom of fibromyalgia.

However, according to a study it is stated that many women with fibromyalgia experience migraines often so severe, the pain is that it leads to nausea, vomiting and flashes of light.

Headaches of throbbing kind are very often seen in fibromyalgia caused due to the imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain.

Painful Periods

Many women generally feel painful cramps in the stomach but those who are going through fibromyalgia experience this more than expected. They go through a severe and sometimes uncontrollable pain leading to uncomfortable periods.

Women who suffer from this disease are also reported to have endometriosis in which tissue from the uterus grows that it reaches to the other parts of the pelvis and this all results in painful and torturous menstrual cycle.

Also such women find it difficult to lead a good sexual life as for them sexual intercourse proves to be quite painful.

Painful Legs

People suffering from fibromyalgia often develop cramps and crawly feeling in their legs that often wakes them from sleep. This condition is quite common in patients of fibromyalgia.

It disturbs their sleep and thus with less amount of sleep their discomfort is elevated to a much greater level. This also causes drowsiness in the daytime and thus makes you lethargic and lazy.

Cost Of Living With Fibromyalgia

Temperature Sensitivity

People suffering from fibromyalgia are generally sensitive to temperature changes; be these changes occur outside the body in the surrounding atmosphere or they develop it from within the body.

Such people often find it difficult to live in extreme weather conditions like they suffer from hot flashes during summer or cold chills during extreme winters.

This temperature sensitivity gives much discomfort to the patients and thus pushing them into a worse condition.

Irritable Bowel and Burning Bladder

Patients going through fibromyalgia sometimes develop IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which leads to health conditions like diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, and constipation and so on. This results in making the patients suffer a lot.

All these symptoms mentioned above as you can see are also experienced ordinarily, while you don’t have any medical condition but if you are facing most of them or even some of them at the same time, you should urgently consult your doctor.

Cost of the treatment

Now coming to yet another important part, that is the expected cost of the treatment for fibromyalgia. For the treatment you need to consult your doctor often as the symptoms of fibromyalgia change with time and this disease may surprise you with new symptoms also and therefore, more visits to the doctor would lead to more expenditure of money.

However, if you have a health insurance, the treatment would be cost efficient but with no health insurance you will need to pay more.

The disease requires physical therapy so as to lessen the physical pain of the body and other physical issues. This therapy which is also known as cognitive behavioral therapy would typically cost you from $50 to $350 or even more per session.

This cost is for those who are uninsured but for those who have a health insurance, cost would cut down to $10 to $75 per session.Some patients are also advised for additional treatments like acupuncture which generally costs $75 to $95 for initial visits.

The expenditure for the treatment is quite high but at the same time you can look for certain hospitals that offer discounts of 30% or even more to cash paying patients.

This could prove to be cost effective to some extent. Also the drugs and medicines prescribed for the treatment of fibromyalgia cost much but if taken from certain online forums you can get some support.

However, to reduce your expenditure on the treatment you should try maintaining your condition better by some home remedies or by taking precautions so that it lessens the number of visits to the doctor and thus prove to be cost efficient as well.

Also it is not mandatory to take physical therapies forever; you can go for light exercises and other stress management techniques by yourself so that you don’t need to spend more outside for the treatment.

All the precautions for this disease you can search on internet and try practicing by yourself and be saved from spending more money on the treatment.

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  • I haven’t been diagnosed but suffer nearly 20 years with rheumatoid arthritis migraines hip and back and shoulder pain. ibs,always cold .dry eyes pain behind eyes all time dry skin to mention a few breast and rib pain,pins and needles itchy skin .all treated separately could it be fibromyalgia.

  • I have not been to a Dr yet but I have alot of these and have had them.for years like my vision will be fine then it will get foggy lol I got stuff in it sensitivity to light I always have to where Sun glasses or I get bad migraines pm I I have been having a bad headaches to migraines as soon as I get up I have pills I take as soon a I get up to make I get a jump start on my body aches and stiffness I have soft spots down my spine that bring alot of pain with just a touch and my body is tender to the touch weather change is harsh on me I was just diagnosed with IC about a yr ago I had really.bad periods Hevey flows 7 plus days about every 2 wks had a full hysterectomy when I was 24 due to problems my bowels are painfull my stomach is very sensitive to the touch to whet I can’t wear jeans or fitted clothing I wear stretchy clothes sweets and yoga pants I get burning pain in areas around my body mainly.in my lover back shoulders upper back I get a tingly numb pain through it my shoulders and are like to go.out on me they will start burning and feeling of my muscles trying to rip apart . when it’s cold out I have a hard time breathing it’s like my lungs lock up on me along my lower back in to my hip I get lumps.that burn and I have a hard time with conversations and when I know what something is and I can’t member what it’s called nasty stuff like cat mail broom I do this every day all day and I also have bad depression high anxiety social anxiety there’s more of what I go through I know I need to go to the Dr but I’m scared and I don’t know where to start or what to do

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