Understanding the Confusing Condition Known as Fibromyalgia
It is difficult for doctors to diagnose the condition because of the many symptoms
associated with fibromyalgia and because not all doctors are familiar with fibromyalgia.
Many individuals find that it can be very confusing trying to understand the condition known as
The reason usually is because there is 60 possible symptoms associated the condition.
The symptoms can be in several categories including general symptoms, muscle and tissue-related symptoms, sinus
& allergy-related symptoms, sleep-related, reproductive related, abdominal and excretory symptoms, cognitive
symptoms, those that have to do with sensory perceptions, or emotional, and also those that are related to the
heart, skin, hair, hemorrhoids or nails.
It is difficult for doctors to diagnose the condition because of the many symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
and because not all doctors are familiar with fibromyalgia.
The diagnosis for fibromyalgia is made based on the symptoms presented and the impact the symptoms are having on
the life of the individual.
Typically the doctor will first rule out other diseases or conditions by conducting tests such as urine and
blood tests as well as x-rays.
You may be referred to a rheumatologist for the diagnosis if your regular doctor does not feel comfortable
making the diagnosis.
Treating fibromyalgia is a combination of medications, lifestyle changes emotional coping techniques, diet
changes and participating in different therapies such as occupational or physical therapy, massage therapy or
acupuncture in order to bring pain relief or to be able to relax and get better sleep.
The individual with fibromyalgia will benefit greatly from adequate support from family, friends and the
There are support groups locally and online that the person with fibromyalgia can join. Individuals have learned
to cope by making lifestyle changes, by keeping a symptom journal so that they can share with the doctor treating
them what symptoms they are having, the intensity and duration of the symptoms and how the symptoms impact their
This can help them to understand the condition better and what lifestyle changes may be able to bring some
relief or at least reduce the symptoms.
Triggers for fibromyalgia flare-ups are also important to recognize and a journal is sometimes used to identify
Sharing the journal with your doctor can help when planning the treatment for the condition.
Triggers that may affect your condition may include:
· Active infections in your body
· Physical trauma such as an injury or having some kind of surgery
· Stress that most people have on a daily basis, which can be physical, emotional or mental stress
· Changes in your diet, in your exercise routine, or in the medications that you are taking
· Not getting enough sleep
The condition, fibromyalgia becomes less confusing when you understand what symptoms of the condition that you
are having, and when you know what triggers your symptoms.
It can also become less confusing when you are able to take some measure of control over it by making lifestyle
changes that reduce your symptoms.