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A UNIVERSAL GUIDE TO FIBROMYALGIA…

Spine Universe, are leaders in patient and healthcare professional education, providing clear, straightforward information on conditions related to the spine, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and scoliosis. Most importantly, they are committed to presenting trustworthy, high-quality information.

Their Universal Guide to Fibromyalgia is expert written, by an M.D. specializing in endocrinology, and is a valuable “one-stop-shop” for all things fibromyalgia (from symptoms to treatment and everything in between). 

This guide is available to my readers at Spine Universe, which has everything you ever wanted to know, about Fibromyalgia straight from the experts. The article includes What Is Fibromyalgia?   |    Causes   |    Symptoms   |    Diagnosis   |    Treatment   |    Living with Fibromyalgia   |    Sources and more.

Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain disorder that affects many different areas and functions of the body. Photo Source: 123RF.com.

Spine Universe explain what many Fibro sufferers comment on that ‘Fibromyalgia, a chronic and often misunderstood condition. And to add insult to injury—not only do doctors often misdiagnose it, until recently, some have questioned its legitimacy as an actual disorder...

They have a list of at least 10 possible causes of Fibromyalgia, plus the very long and comprehensive list of symptoms we have to deal with and how it also causes back pain. The guide also explains how to get a diagnosis which can be very difficult for some. As some of my readers know mine came about after my spinal consultant asked me to keep a diary of my pain for six weeks after he had given me an epidural for pain. When he read my diary he immediately said he thought I was suffering from Fibromyalgia as well, and immediately sent me to see a Rheumatologist who confirmed it was Fibromyalgia.

The guide then goes into strategies on how to live with Fibromyalgia and the different types of treatment options. It is a great guide full of all you need to know about this condition.

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WORLD FIBROMYLAGIA AWARENESS DAY – 12th MAY, 2019…

On May 12th and throughout the month of May of each year, people worldwide spread awareness of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions through live events, online activities, and personal efforts. In the UK our awareness day is 2nd – 9th September but we can still raise awareness in the UK this May.

Join the millions of people who will be participating on this day by holding various events to raise awareness for fibromyalgia, an invisible and debilitating chronic condition.

Awareness and funding are the keys to battling the enigma that is Fibromyalgia, and this day was created for just that.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia may include heightening skin sensitivity – especially to pain, muscle stiffness, some difficulties sleeping, problems with memory and concentration, extreme tiredness, and headaches.

These symptoms are not uncommon in other diseases – and some sufferers don’t even experience all these symptoms – so it’s easy to see what makes fibromyalgia so tricky to diagnose.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so at the moment the only option for sufferers is to have a number of treatments. For example, medication such as painkillers and antidepressants are often prescribed.

Fibromyalgia Association has been involved in producing an online fibromyalgia learning package for professionals and patients.  Fibromyalgia UK have it and It is free and after testing a certificate can be printed off.  While some of it may obviously fit the American system rather than the NHS, it is still a useful resource with much valuable information.

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10 TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF #FIBROMYALGIA…

1.If at all possible try to de-stress as apparently stress may trigger #fibromyalgia symptoms. Some of the best de-stress treatments you could try are yoga (some great blogs on yoga here), exercise, sleep and meditation (great guided meditation sites here).

2.’Fibro Fog’ is a common ailment of #fibromyalgia so rather than getting frustrated that your short-term memory has let you down, try and get into the habit of jotting things down on paper on a daily basis.

3. Exercise, as in low-intensity exercise like walking, or warm water exercise is great for helping the pain of #fibromyalgia. This type of exercise can decrease pain and stiffness, the best exercises for people with #fibromyalgia can be found on Healthline.

4. Have a long soak in a warm bath or hot tub as this has been proven to relax tense muscles which will then reduce pain.

5. Try to use decaf as caffeine can increase anxiety and insomnia, so watch your intake of chocolate, coffee, teas and some soft drinks.

6.. Make your work-life balance work for you. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain then design a flexible plan that works better for you and your boss. Maybe try some products like a telephone headset or keyboard tray.

7. Talk about your #fibromyalgia with your family and those around you. Let them know what can trigger it or make it worse. Never be afraid to ask for help from either your friends, family or other #fibro sufferers or a counsellor.

8. Many people call #fibro the ‘invisible illness’, as you can look fine but feel awful. So, when arranging your social life be prepared to say ‘no’ to something if you know it will be too much for you.

9. Try and keep a journal so that you can see what can trigger off an attack, then you can do something about it.

10. Join a support group, be it in person or online, they offer a place to talk to others who share your problems.