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5 Signs You Are Living With Fibromyalgia: The Chronic Condition You Didn't Know You Had

July 04, 2016 in Fibromyalgia

Your life has become a series of countless doctor’s appointments, long nights tossing and turning, and even longer days of pain creeping its way across the entirety of your body. You find yourself groaning about the same recurring symptoms and you are ready for a solution that doesn’t involve washing down another ibuprofen tablet and hoping this time the pain won’t return.

You may be living with fibromyalgia.

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is classified as a chronic pain condition that causes a pervasive and constant dull ache in the muscles and joints. This form of chronic pain differs from localized aches and discomfort that remain exclusively in one area of the body. Fibromyalgia is a widespread physical disorder that allows pain to affect all parts of the body and consequently, affect all areas of your life. If you find your work life, sleep schedule, and personal contentment plagued by pain, you may be unknowingly living with a chronic disorder.

1. “I’M EXHAUSTED—REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH SLEEP I GET.”

No matter how many hours of sleep you try to log in, you find yourself waking up exhausted and still unable to doze off the next evening. The fatigue caused by fibromyalgia is often a result of RLS or Resting Leg Syndrome, a crawling discomfort in your legs that leads to restlessness and daytime drowsiness. Living with pain is exhausting and creates a cycle of sleep deprivation that decreases your quality of life.

2. “MY BODY FEELS TENDER TO THE TOUCH.”

You can sense that your muscle pain is deep and yet even the slightest pressure to your skin can feel as if you are bruised or burnt. The most frequently tender areas include but are not limited to the:

-back of the head
-area between the shoulders
-front of the neck
-top of the chest
-outside of the elbows
-top and sides of the hips
-insides of the knees

3. “MY THOUGHT PROCESSES OFTEN FEEL CLOUDED AND FOGGY.”

You are increasingly struggling to concentrate and remember details. Your frustration builds as you find yourself becoming confused more easily. You’re not going crazy. Doctors have attributed this “fibro fog” to a combination of both sleep deprivation and the neurological effect of fibromyalgia pain on the brain.

4. “I GET THROBBING HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES.”

Your headaches are not only a result of the lack of sleep you have been experiencing but also due to the chemical imbalance of serotonin and epinephrine that experts say fibromyalgia may stem from.

5. “I TAKE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PILLS BUT THEY DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.”

Aleve and ibuprofen-based drugs such as Motrin or Advil target inflammation. The problem is, fibromyalgia is not considered an inflammatory condition. Substantial research indicates that fibromyalgia is neurological and stems from problems with the brain and nerves. This is why fibromyalgia requires more than a small bandage solution. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy sends electrical impulses traveling deep along nerve fibers and produce natural painkillers called endorphins, which block the perception of pain. DR-HO’S ® Pain Therapy System allow for this holistic and effective application of TENS therapy to be performed at home. Using a drug-free and non-invasive solution to combat chronic pain will lead to long-lasting relief that will silence your daily complaints and reintroduce the word comfortable into your life.

To learn more about the condition, view Dr-HO'S Fibromyalgia page.

Sources:

2016 Dellwo, Adrienne. verywell. All rights reserved. “What is Fibromyalgia?”

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