Living with a chronic disease can be one of the most difficult things to do. You are battling an illness on a daily basis and it is by no means an easy task.
After you are diagnosed you realise that there is a whole new set of rules that you need to follow and that your life is going to be different in so many ways.
The important thing to remember is that you must stay positive and hopeful because it is possible to live a good life and have this disease.
Fibromyalgia is a disease which affects the muscles of the body and results in chronic pain of the muscles and chronic fatigue and exhaustion in the patient.
It often comes with memory issues, sensibility to light and sound and many other things depending on the person.
Doctors and scientists are not yet sure what the cause of this disease is and are working on finding the answer, but some of the possible solutions are that the brain is not properly processing pain signals.
And research says that women are more likely to get fibromyalgia than men. Sometimes it happens after physical trauma, infection or prolonged psychological stress.
The first symptom that everyone notices is the constant pain and aching of the body. The pain is chronic and widespread and sometimes it is most severe in the area of the head, the neck, the shoulders, the knees and the lower back.
Dealing with this sort of pain is not easy, and some people will not understand that this will change your behaviour and your way of life. But this is the time to realise that you need to put yourself first.
You need to take care of yourself and that is not selfish, it is the best thing to do. Don’t feel guilty that you cannot do the things that you used to, find a way to make yourself happy in new ways.
One of the things that you need to know first is that there are medication that can make the pain less severe and make your life better.
Certain medication is there to improve your sleep cycle and make sure that you are not exhausted all the time. So go to your doctor and inform them that you want to know about all medication out there that can bring relief to you.
Along with pain relievers your doctor may prescribe you antidepressants. It is a common occurrence for people who suffer from fibromyalgia to have depression at some point due to their isolation from society.
This is not something to feel ashamed of. Mental illnesses are as important to take care of as are physical ones.
So you can also find a counseling program to help adjust to a new style of life and to teach you new strategies of handling the disease.
You can also find little ways during the day to keep your spirits up and to stay positive. Whatever helps you most is the thing you should do, like listening to some soothing music or lighting candles.
Many people say that daily meditation has helped them with anxiety and pain. And meditation is proven to reduce blood pressure and slow down heart rate.
When it comes to fibromyalgia pain there are certain spots that are more tender than others and you should know that there is a way to make this better and to relieve the pain in these areas of the body.
These are called trigger points, small knots of tissue that become very tense and hard to the touch. And relieving the pain in one spot can do the same thing in the others, so if you work slowly on them, you can have really good progress.
The best method to achieve this is massage. You can take some time and learn how to do this for yourself and you can go to a professional for treatments.
It helps if you incorporate deep breathing exercises into the massage. Warm baths can also be really helpful and a way to get your whole body relaxed and your muscles less tense.
There are also trigger point injections that can help you with the pain in these particular areas. This treatment is mostly used for the upper back area, because those muscles are usually the ones that are most tense.
And one of the things that you may not have thought of, or you don’t take seriously yes is hypnosis. Just don’t think of a hypnotherapy as something from a movie and trust in the process.
Hypnotherapists are trained professionals and they can help you relieve pain significantly. They can access the subconscious and find what is the root cause of the stress, as many people claim that they started suffering from fibromyalgia after some very traumatic and stressful situation.
Hypnosis can help the patient with the depression and anxiety as well and in this way give them more energy to fight the disease with a clear mind.
It is always better to have a positive attitude towards something as it brings better and quicker results. Hypnosis can help you get more control over your life and teach you how to handle the pain better. If you incorporate breathing exercises the pain will get much more manageable.
If you are artistic and love expressing yourself in this way, then you should try art therapy as well. It can be a way to take your mind of the disease and bring you into a clearer space of freedom and creation.
You can try exercising in water, too. It will not be as hard on the muscles to exercise in water than in a normal way. It can be regular swimming at your local pool, or maybe a water class with other people.
There are numerous ways to help you fight this disease and there is always something you can do get better, just as long as you stay positive and hopeful.