HOW TO TELL IF A PERSON HAS FIBROMYALGIA

Here are a few warning signs that point to the possibility that you or any other person may have fibromyalgia

1-Difficult Diagnosis

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition in which the sufferer experiences widespread chronic pain and an unusually heightened and painful response to pressure. It is a disease that can present challenges when it comes to diagnosis because most FM symptoms including tenderness of muscles, fatigue and pain are quite difficult to diagnose.

In addition to that, FM symptoms are also common to other medical conditions; this means that finding the correct diagnosis and treatment may take time. While FM isn’t fatal, it can have prolonged detrimental effects that may last a lifetime.

2-Tender Points

A major distinguishing characteristic of FM on the body is the so-called tender points. When firm pressure is applied on these tender points, the sufferer feels sore. These tender points are located on various body parts including elbows, knees, shoulders, hips and the back of the head.

All in all, there are 18 tender points. Sufferers of FM may experience discomfort in some or all of these locations. Physicians use tender points as part of FM diagnostics.

3-Pain

People who suffer from FM often describe that they feel a constant pain. The pain may feel as though it emanates from the muscles but there are hardly any visible signs of tissue damage. FM patients tend to be abnormally more sensitive to pain stimuli than regular people.

The feeling of discomfort is usually widespread i.e. distributed over the entire body. There are a number of factors that can worsen the pain among them stress and lack of sleep

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Medical Treatment For Headaches

Keep in mind that not all headaches require medical attention. You will just simply need to take some over-the counter medication and you will be as good as new. There are some times where your headaches will just be random and some times they can be persistent. You will want to make sure that you make a diary to mark down what it is that could be a thriller and perhaps some clues as to why you have the headache. You will find that there are some patterns that could be revealed with if you jot a few things down. You will find that some things like stress and even brain stimulation could give you a headache.

There are some headaches like migraines that will cause you to have some serious symptoms. They tend to put a damper on your day and can even prohibit you from going out and being active. You will also find that if you have a lot of caffeine you could get a headache. Some times it is just as important to watch what you eat, as it is, to getting professional, medical attention. You will find that there are some natural supplements to help you with your migraine headaches. You will find that these natural supplements are not FDA regulated, so you will want to do some research to see if you are even able to mix the supplements with your other medication.

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COSTOCHONDRITIS IN FIBROMYALGIA

There is a symptom of Fibromyalgia (FM) that is rarely talked about, yet is very prevalent among sufferers and quite scary at the first onset. It is called Costochondritis.

It is a chest pain that can be sharp and jabbing. It can easily be mistaken for heart problems including heart attack and stroke. Actually it is the cartilage between the ribs and the chest bone becoming inflamed and sore. You will probably find it hard to move your upper body without the sharp pain in your chest. It takes you off guard. Costochondritis affects about 70% of FM sufferers. The pain can last for days or even months, and can reappear at anytime.

Symptoms of Costochondritis

  • sharp, stabbing pain in the front of the chest
  • ribs that are sore to the touch
  • pain on the left or right side of the chest
  • upper chest pains
  • burning pain in the ribs
  • pain that radiates up the back of the neck and shoulders
  • pain in your chest when you sneeze or cough
  • pain that increases with activity, exertion, or deep breathing
  • pain that decreases with rest, movement, or slow breathing

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A Letter To My Bullies.I suddenly fell ill, yet the doctors struggled to find anything wrong. I was initially diagnosed with M.E/CFS and Fibro Pain.which WWE wrestling star support me

Jessica Thompson Student

I was 12 and stood at the gate with my cousin waiting to go into school. You walked across the yard toward me and handed me a letter. I was crushed to find that it spelled out 20 things that were wrong with me.

Whilst sitting in infant’s school, you sat behind me and pushed my chair into the desk in front so hard I was unable to breathe. I was hitting my hand on the desk for over a minute before the teacher told you to stop. I struggled to see why you wanted to hurt me so much.

It is Anti-bullying Week and the other day I came across a report which revealed that 40% of children in the UK have reported being bullied. This rose to 58% of children with a physical disability, which I found extremely upsetting. The bullying hurt, but it hurt even more when you directed it towards my disability.

I was eager to learn from a young age and always answering questions in class, which many of you took a dislike to. In secondary school you grew bolder, calling me things like ‘ugly’ and picking on my appearance. After a while, I couldn’t see myself clearly anymore, only through your eyes, which were cold and cruel.

Just after my 14th birthday, I suddenly fell ill, yet the doctors struggled to find anything wrong. I was initially diagnosed with M.E/cfs,Fibro pain and within three months, I needed a wheelchair. After that, the bullying stopped, but the relief was short. It soon escalated again when Ricky Gervais made the joke in his show that people who have ME/CFS are just lazy.

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Say Goodbye To Vertigo, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Thyroid Problems And Much More!

Modern society has forced us to lead unhealthy lifestyles, consume processed and unhealthy foods, live in a contaminated environment, deal with constant stress, and work excessively.

These overburden our health, and we suffer from numerous ailments and diseases. However, even though they are conventionally treated with drugs, it is always the best option to treat health issues naturally.

Thyme is extremely potent in improving overall health, and it offers numerous health benefits and is high in minerals, such as calcium, iron, and potassium and acts as an antioxidant.

Its medicinal properties are often used in the industry by pharmaceutical factories, in products for treating multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.This beneficial plant regulates blood pressure, treats a cough and bronchitis, helps the formation of red blood cells, treats chronic fatigue, asthma, sore throat, laryngitis, fights dizziness, lupus, fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Its regular use boosts overall health and provides positive effects within a few days.

The following drink will help you use the potent properties of thyme:

Ingredients:

  • a handful of thyme (fresh or dried)
  • 1 cup of water
  • honey (optional)

Instructions:

Wash the thyme and place it in a bowl. Boil the water, and pour it over the thyme. Leave it for a few minutes, and then strain it to eliminate the solid parts. You can add honey to taste to sweeten the drink.

Use:

You should consume this drink daily, and the effects will be felt very soon!

MS: What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis affects around 100,000 people in the UK, but is still misunderstood or even confused with other conditions. We find out more.

Do you know the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

It’s the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults, it has no cure, and it affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

Yet mention MS to a lot of people and the answers you’ll get will range from “Is that chronic fatigue syndrome?” to “Is that what Stephen Hawking has?”

The answers to both these questions is “No, it’s not” (that’s ME and Motor Neurone Disease, respectively).

That said, they’re not entirely wrong: one of the critical symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis is extreme fatigue, and MS is a condition that-like Motor Neurone Disease-affects the central nervous system.

We asked the UK’s leading MS charity, the MS Society, what you need to know about the condition on World MS Day (May 31).

Is there a misunderstanding of what Multiple Sclerosis is?

There does seem to be a general misunderstanding of how MS affects people; a survey of over 2,200 members of the general public by the MS Society found that almost half (49%) of the general public can’t name one symptom of MS and one in 10 (10%) didn’t know whether the condition was contagious.

Many symptoms of MS are invisible to others so while people with MS might appear to be fine on the outside, they’re often struggling with a number of uncomfortable symptoms.

Another survey of 2,000 people with MS by the MS Society found nearly three-quarters (73%) of people had been questioned by complete strangers for ‘appearing to be well’ and almost everyone (90%) said they were frustrated with people putting their fatigue down to ‘just being tired’.

Is there an average age of diagnosis?

Symptoms usually start in your 20s or 30s, but MS can affect people of any age. It affects almost three times as many women as men.

How long does a MS diagnosis normally take?

MS can be difficult to diagnose. There’s no single, simple test that can tell whether someone has MS, and it can only be diagnosed by a neurologist. Some people can be diagnosed fairly quickly while others can experience symptoms for many years before they receive a diagnosis.

How many MS sufferers are there in the UK?

There are over 100,000 people living with MS in the UK.

What tend to be the main symptoms of MS?

MS is a very complex condition and symptoms can vary a great deal from person to person. Most people won’t experience them all, and certainly not at the same time.

Common MS symptoms include:

• fatigue
• vision problems
• pain
• problems with walking, balance and co-ordination
• muscle stiffness and spasms
• bladder and bowel problems.

Fatigue is just one of the many symptoms of MS that are invisible to others, yet can impact considerably on someone’s daily life. MS is also unpredictable, which can make planning and accessing the right care difficult.

Can people with MS still live a ‘normal’ life?

While the impact of MS on someone’s life cannot be underestimated, people with MS continue to live their lives to the full. Although symptoms of MS can make some areas of life difficult, the MS Society is working hard to make sure people with MS have the support they need to live full and independent lives.

There’s a general assumption that everyone with MS will end up in a wheelchair, is that true?

While the progressive form of the condition can lead to an accumulation of disability which can lead to mobility problems, everyone’s MS is different so it’s not true that everyone with the condition will eventually use a wheelchair. In fact, the majority of people with MS will not become severely disabled

What advice do you have for someone newly diagnosed with MS?

Being diagnosed with MS can be a scary and confusing time and many people can feel isolated. The MS Society is here to make sure people do not go through it alone.

People can access information and support at the MS Society’s website and connect with other people going through similar experiences by joining the online forum. The society’s free helpline is available on 0808 800 8000.

 

10 Things to remember Not to Say to Someone with Aspergers

Inspired by Therese Borchard‘s piece about 10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person, I thought I would write my own list of things not to say to someone when they tell you they have Asperger’s Syndrome (AS).

1. I’m sorry (you have Asperger’s).


Don’t be.  I’m not.  Finding out that I had Asperger’s was the best thing that ever happened to me.  Yes, some days when I’ve particularly struggled with AS-related issues I wish I was better at certain things, but I am who I am, and I am where I am, because of Asperger’s, I wouldn’t change that for anything.

2. Can you get treated for that?
My objection to this question is the medicalisation of something I see as a difference in thinking.  I don’t subscribe to the ‘disease’ model, so I am not enamoured by the ‘treatment’ proposal.  Some aspects of my life respond to supportive therapies (for want of a better word), for example having AS makes me prone to anxiety and depression, for which I have found cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) rather helpful.  But I wouldn’t say that I have CBT forAsperger’s, or that my anxiety and depression are qualitatively different to those of a Neurotypical person – yes the things that make me anxious may be different, but the experience is pretty similar from what I can see.

3. Are you sure you’ve got it?
Yes.  It was a testament to our friendship that I confided in you in the first place.  Your doubt feels like you either think that I am a) so un-self-aware that I may have made a mistake, or b) a fraud.  You want me to be ok, but you are missing the point that I am already ok, and that this is a wholly positive and important ‘label’.  I don’t want to feel like I must justify my way of being.

4. You seem so normal…


This is a related statement which usually follows No.3, and should convey a sense of praise and admiration for all the effort I put in, day in day out, to ‘pass’.  However it feels like the opposite, like a denial of the hard work because there’s ‘nothing wrong with me’, and it comes with a value judgement that because I say I have Asperger’s, I am somehow deficient and abnormal.

5. Can I see what you’re like when you’re being more Aspie?

No.  Apart from the fact that there’s a reason why I try to act more Neurotypical (it reduces my feelings of self-consciousness, anxiety, and awkwardness for a start), it has become such a way of life for me that I am not sure that I would know how to undo it (or why I would want to).  I would be performing for you an approximation of my perception of what you want to see, like some sort of side-show.  It would be like me saying to you, “Can I watch you have an unpleasant and private Doctor’s consultation?” because I want to see what you are like when your guard is completely down.  Plus there have been times when, to paraphrase another great article, My Autism was Showing and you did not respond with joy or pleasure, you felt embarrassed and awkward for me.  You are asking me to reveal my very core, my true self, the self that I have spent most of my life trying to mask, even from my nearest and dearest.  You are asking me to be completely vulnerable and exposed when, if you truly knew me, you wouldn’t need or want to ask.

6. You like watching TV?  Get a life.
Get lost.  If I’ve heard this once I’ve heard it a thousand times.  I even saw in someone else’s blog (which shall remain nameless) that the No.2 way (of 9) to be ‘exceptionally boring’ is to watch a lot of TV.  In fact the whole of his post was basically a description of me, largely my Asperger’s traits and behaviours, which I found rather offensive.  I told him this in a tweet but all he did was follow me.  Perhaps he is looking for inspiration for the second part of his post on how to be ‘boring’.

7. You should get out more.
No thanks.  I have a bit of social anxiety, but mostly I really love my house.  You have to realise that I have actually considered going out lots of times, and about four days a week I do leave my house.  But I am always pleased to return, much as you must be pleased to go somewhere you like.  Why is there something wrong with my choice of favourite venue, just because it is my house?  I know who is going to be there and no-one tries to make me do things I don’t want to do.

8. You’re too sensitive, you shouldn’t let things get to you so much.

This one predates my diagnosis by a good twenty years and has got no less annoying with time.  Even if I could be ‘less sensitive’, if I knew that your cruel remarks were meant to be a ‘joke’, if I wasn’t hypersensitive to sound and light and pain and heat and crowds, if I could stop myself from crying the first instant that I was remotely stressed, then perhaps your comment would be valid.  I can’t, and perhaps you should be more sensitive to my sensitivity.

9. So do you not have any feelings?
I’m actually having one right now, and it’s not one of the fluffy ones.  Yes I have feelings, I’m a person!  I may have difficulty identifying them quickly, or articulating them to someone else, particularly when they are subtle, but I have them and they do affect me.  Sometimes there is a right-brain/left-brain block and I have to work out my feelings backwards via my actions, but they’re there once I know where to look.

10. Do you think you should have children?
Let me stop you right there.  Let me stop you before you make a complete idiot of yourself and I call you a “<ahem>king eugenicist” and never speak to you again.

I don’t get these questions every day, or all from one person, but these are the recurrent ones which make me feel uncomfortable and highlight some of the gap in understanding.  This is one of the longer posts I have written, but it is autism acceptance month after all.  Thank you for reading.

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How to reduce ankle pain caused by Fibromyalgia.

It is not so uncommon to experience fibromyalgia and ankle pain.  Although it might not be one of your first symptoms when living with fibromyalgia, you might find that you start experiencing pain in one or both ankles. This pain may extend to your toes, heel, and even up into your calves. It may also just stay around your ankles and may or may not come with swelling.

When severe and consistent, ankle pain can limit your ability to walk, run, and enjoy other daily activities, especially due to the weight bearing nature of the ankles. Let’s focus on some things you can do to limit the pain and continue enjoying daily life.

The First “Step”

It’s easy to assume that any type of pain is associated with your fibromyalgia, but this diagnosis doesn’t prevent you from sustaining injuries or illnesses that have nothing to do with fibromyalgia. When you first notice ankle pain, you want to see your doctor so that they can eliminate all potential causes.

This is especially true if you also have swelling in your ankles, feet or calves. Swelling may hint to inflammation, but it can also occur when you’ve sustained an injury or it could indicate an endocrine condition in the thyroid or even circulation issues.

If no other cause if found, You may be able to then safely assume that this is just another symptom of your fibromyalgia.

Proper Foot Support for Fibromyalgia and Ankle Pain  

Woman with Ankle Pain

So one thing we want to keep in mind regarding any kind of ankle or foot pain is prevention. We want to prevent injury to this area whenever possible. If you have a particular kind of foot structure that causes overcompensation for instance, you would want to consider seeing a foot doctor for custom orthotics.

This will help both the feet and the ankles. Some specialty shoe stores are also making these custom orthotics now as well.

Be extra careful when wearing sandals. If you are walking on any kind of uneven surface, and you have on sandals, one wrong move and your foot can slip to one side of the sandal causing a potential ankle sprain. Examples of these uneven surfaces could be walking on the sand on the beach, walking on a pathway made of rocks or gravel, or walking on stairs of any kind.

Treating Fibromyalgia and Ankle Pain

How do you treat ankle pain that seems to have no cause? This is the dilemma with most symptoms of fibromyalgia. Aside from prevention as noted above, you might consider massage therapy if possible trigger points are involved.  I often recommend Myotherapy which is hands on trigger point release done by a therapist. Acupuncture might also be helpful if that is available to you.

It really comes down to easing the pain so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. If the pain is severe and consistent enough to interfere with your quality of life, see your doctor immediately.

you may also want to consider stretching and gently exercising your ankles. Roll them from one side to the other. Reach down and pull your toes back gently, feeling the stretch through the back of your leg and knee. These stretches aren’t likely to eliminate the pain, but they can help ease tension in the muscles and maintain the strength of your feet.

For these exercises  and more, follow on the fitness page, Fibro Fit People. I show various exercises for not only the ankles but legs, knees and feet. Keeping as much strength in the surrounding areas will also support the ankles. This means consistent strengthening around the calves and knees, which will also benefit the tender areas around knees. This is an area of the body that people tend to ignore when it comes to consistent conditioning.

It doesn’t even require equipment in the beginning. It can be something as simple as standing and then going up and down from the toes (heels up) while squeezing the calves on the upper position. (do this without shoes on.)

Additional Causes/Remedies for Fibromyalgia and Ankle Pain

Cold and hot compresses may help some people ease fibromyalgia and ankle pain as well. If you notice that the pain is more intense in the morning or after a long period of sitting or standing, you may want to check with a foot specialist to eliminate heel spurs and other conditions known to cause this pain. This is especially true if you also have pain in the heels or between your toes.

You may also have trigger points, specifically around the Peroneus Tertius. It can be helpful to get a session with a massage therapist who knows Myotherapy/Hands on Trigger Point Release.

And because this area can be fairly easy to massage yourself, don’t hesitate to use thumbs and gently stroke down the outer calve area into the outer ankle bone. Go slow, hold and release as you go down the outer leg.

Your family doctor may not know about all of the conditions that cause pain in the foot and ankle, so a specialist is worth your time if the pain is consistent or you experience repeat episodes. Some conditions impacting the feet aren’t noticeable in an x-ray, so don’t assume that a clean scan means there is no identifiable cause for your pain.

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