Joint Pain and Fibromyalgia
At the Thomas Joint Pain Clinic, we've been treat fibromyalgia for a decade, even before some medical professional considered it a 'real' disease. As we've seen more and more patients over the years, we've found that many of them and their loved ones don't quite understand just what fibromyalgia is, it's causes of treatment. Here are some of the facts about fibromyalgia d joint pain that we give to our patients.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a fairly recently diagnosed disorder where the suffers has widespread joint pain usually with associated fatigue, possible memory, mood and sleep problems. The cause of is unknown, but some research has been looking closely at physical trauma, infection, surgery and psychological stresses issues.
Fibromyalgia and Women
Fibromyalgia appears three times as much in women than in men, leading many to believe that fibromyalgia is primary a woman's disease. The reasons for this prominence in women is not know at this moment, but research on this topic, and others concerning all aspects of fibromyalgia, continues. It's still within recent memory of those of us here in the clinic that the pain of fibromyalgia sufferers was dismissed, as all 'in their heads'. Just getting acknowledgement that fibromyalgia pain and symptoms can be an actual condition has been a huge step forward for sufferers.
The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome is known to cause pain when firm pressure is applied to the 'tender points'. It's normal to experience a certain amount of sensation or maybe pain, depending in the pressure applied, but fibromyalgia symptoms goes beyond what might be considered normal. If your have these fibromyalgia symptoms, or are experiencing similar pain you should consult a trained medical professional.
The Fibromyalgia tender points are:
- The neck, and the back of the head
- In-between the shoulder blades
- The upper chest
- The elbows
- Upper hips and sides
- The inner knees
- The top of the shoulders
People with fibromyalgia often become easily tired and fatigued, even waking up from an overnight sleep feeling fatigued, even after sleeping for long periods of time. For those with fibromyalgia, sleep can be difficult, with them often be awoken by their pain. Some patients have reported restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea,which would worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia fatigue.
How Fibromyalgia and Joint Pain affects you and your family
There is more than joint pain and fatigue to fibromyalgia, it can affect you mental state as well, the those around you can usually impacted by a loved one with the disease. People with fibromyalgia can suffer from depression, sleeplessness, and a lack of focus.
If you have fibromyalgia, you may also be prone to :
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Causes of Fibromyalgia
We hate to say this, but the root cause of fibromyalgia is not yet known. While promising research continues, we have yet to pinpoint the causes of fibromyalgia. While the cause may not be know yet, every day brings progress towards that goal of finding the root cause, the goal of more effective treatment for the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
The risk factors of fibromyalgia
There may be a number of risk factors that we still don't know about. Current research has identified a few possible ones:
- Genetics. Fibromyalgia can run in families, and genetic triggers are being investigated.
- Infections. Some illnesses may trigger or worsen, fibromyalgia.
- Physical or emotional trauma. (PSTD) Post-traumatic stress disorder, and other traumatic events, have been linked to fibromyalgia.
We can't cure fibromyalgia, but we can treat the symptoms, in treating the symptoms, like fibromyalgia joint pain, we help to relieve the pain that the symptoms cause.
Medications for fibromyalgia
Medications for fibromyalgia symptoms are:
- Analgesics. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Advil, others) is taken to ease joint pain and stiffness.
- Anti-seizure drugs. These treat epilepsy, but can be used to reduce pain.
- Antidepressants. Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) eases pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia.
Also, sleep medication may be prescribed to deal with sleeplessness caused by fibromyalgia and joint pain.
Also, we recommended therapy, both physical and mental to help deal with the pain of fibromyalgia.