Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes widespread pains in the body along with tenderness. It is also known as ‘Central pain amplification disorder’ where some people feel the sensations of pain much more than others. The pain and tenderness seem to move about in the body and come and go at intervals. Women are affected more by this condition than men.
While the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to arthritis and joint inflammation, but like these two conditions, it is not an auto-immune condition but is a disorder of the nervous system.
Its symptoms depend on the age of the patient and the severity of the condition. Mostly the symptoms start appearing after the age of 45 years. Some of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms include:
The causes of fibromyalgia are still unclear to doctors and researchers. Since it is a condition of the nervous system, it is assumed that it is a problem associated with the heightened sensitivity of the pain processing function of the brain to any of these triggers:
There are no specific tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. There are certain criteria that a person has to meet for her/him to have fibromyalgia. These include:
Once a person meets these criteria, she/he will have to undergo a physical examination to check for swollen joints, muscular pain, etc. Your doctor may have to conduct blood or urine tests or X-Rays to rule out conditions with overlapping symptoms like arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, etc.
Since there is no permanent cure, fibromyalgia treatments are designed to relieve the patients of pain and discomfort. Some of the most common lines of treatment include:
Physiotherapy is one of the most effective techniques used to control the persistent and widespread pain that comes with fibromyalgia. Here are some insights into how can physical therapy help relieve fibromyalgia pain?
After assessing your condition, your physiotherapist will design a comprehensive exercise plan for you. Some of the common methods include:
Portea is often credited for being one of the most credible healthcare companies that have made care more affordable and accessible for lacs of people. We have brought nursing care, doctor consultations, vaccinations, lab tests, and so much more right into the homes of people. This is especially true when people need long-term physiotherapy services and are homebound for some reasons or find in-home sessions more convenient. Here are some benefits of taking physiotherapy at home:
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