Fibromyalgia is a complex condition. Read our fast facts to understand more.
Fibromyalgia is misunderstood by many. Due to its invisible symptoms, fibromyalgia is a condition that many non-sufferers struggle to empathise with. Some even believe that fibromyalgia does not exist, which is not true. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we witness first-hand how debilitating the condition is through the eyes of our clients. That is why we are so passionate about spreading awareness of the disease, which affects hundreds of thousands of people across the world.
For this blog, we have provided a list of fast facts about fibromyalgia, which will prove to be useful for people who have either just been diagnosed with the condition, or know of someone who has.
Fact 1: Fibromyalgia is more common in women
More women than men suffer with fibromyalgia. It is a fact. However, this is not to say that fibromyalgia is a “woman’s disease”, as men can still develop the condition.
Fact 2: There is no cure for fibromyalgia
Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. This being said, there are treatments available to sufferers to help ease symptoms and make life with fibromyalgia much more manageable.
There are various treatments and therapies available for fibromyalgia sufferers, from over-the-counter painkillers and muscle relaxants, through to hydrotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions.
Fact 3: There is no easy way to diagnose fibromyalgia
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is not straightforward. First, doctors must rule out a number of conditions, which share some of the same symptoms as fibromyalgia, by carrying out various tests. These tests will predominantly consist of numerous blood tests and, potentially, an X-ray or two.
Fact 4: Exercise can be beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers
In some cases, exercise has proven to be beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers. Light exercise is always advised; overdoing things can have a negative impact on your health and may make your fibromyalgia symptoms much, much worse.
Popular forms of exercise, which have been known to help patients in the past, include swimming, yoga, meditation, and cycling.
Fact 5: Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia
Life with fibromyalgia is tough and can often result in patients being stuck in a vicious cycle with no way out. This vicious cycle makes it extremely hard for patients to sleep, which results in extreme fatigue. It is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
If you have, or someone you know has, been suffering with extreme fatigue, as a result of fibromyalgia, then we would recommend that you get in touch with your local GP or doctor to discuss potential treatments. Untreated, fatigue can lower your mood and increase your chances of suffering with anxiety and depression.
Fact 6: The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown
Nobody understands why people suffer with fibromyalgia. The exact cause remains unknown. However, there are known triggers, such as stress and trauma. This means that, if you experience a traumatic experience, such as a car crash, you could eventually develop fibromyalgia as a result.
Fact 7: Some days will be good, others will be bad
The pain caused by fibromyalgia has a tendency to get worse, then better on a daily basis. That means some days will be good, others will be bad. On good days, it is important to remember not to overdo things, as it will catch up on you.