Fibromyalgia is real and it’s no joke, unfortunately too many people and doctors just don’t get it.
Believe it or not, millions of Americans suffer from this diseases yet there isn’t many answers out there.
What makes things even worse is the fact that most doctors and people who don’t suffer from fibromyalgia just don’t understand how painful this disease really is.
If you’re reading this, you’re either in excruciating pain or know someone who is.
In all cases, you’re in the right place for answers, so let’s get right into it!
Fibromyalgia may be a mystery but not at all a rare disease.
Millions of Americans suffer from this life-changing disease and yet to this day, fibromyalgia is not completely understood by many people, nor do any of them know for sure what causes it or how to avoid it.
All this mystery around fibromyalgia makes it very hard to diagnose.
What’s even harder is living every single day of your life with the constant pain all over your body.
Even things like weather change can effect your pain levels.
For this article, we asked a number of fibromyalgia patients what would make it easier for them to live with fibromyalgia.
Most of them agreed that if they had the understanding and support they needed from their families and loved ones, things would be much easier.
Since people who don’t suffer from fibromyalgia don’t know how it feels, many people become negative to patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
For example I’ve had people tell me that a lot of their friends and families would think that the illness was just in their heads or that they need to get over them-self and stop being lazy.
These negative comments make things all the worse for someone suffering from fibromyalgia because it adds on stress and depression to the person.
We’re starting with a short and comprehensive description of what fibromyalgia is and how it effects the body.
Then, we’re going to tell you 3 of the weirdest treatments that actually work for relieving fibromyalgia pain.
So, the next time you’re stuck with someone who just doesn’t get it, send them this article so they can understand the amount of pain you’re actually experiencing!
Fibromyalgia, all your questions answered
No one really knows the cause of fibromyalgia.
There are a couple of theories around the causes, but none of them are conclusive.
The most popular story is that some chemical changes happen in the brain and changes how the brain, spinal cord, and nerves handle pain, so, you become more sensitive and prone to pain more the usual.
Anyway, the most important thing for you to understand about fibromyalgia is its symptoms.
Those are the actual things you have to deal with whether you’re a patient or related to the patient.
Fibromyalgia affects the nervous systems, which means it affects every single aspect of the patient’s body.
Every patient may experience different symptoms from others.
Since this article is meant to raise awareness we’re going to list the most common symptoms.
- Pain all over the body (it can feel like a burning sensation, ache, tingling, numbness, or sharp pain like stabbing).
- Increased sensitivity to the point where a slight touch can feel as a punch.
- Muscle spasms and stiffness, especially waking up in the morning.
- Extreme exhaustion (some patients described it as energy draining).
- No rest no matter how much sleep you get.
- Stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and back.
- Having trouble with concentration, remembering, learning new things, or retaining attention.
- Bloating and pain in the stomach followed by constipation or diarrhea.
- Feeling too hot or too cold.
- An urge to constantly move your legs.
- Depression or anxiety (due to how hard it is to deal with your symptoms).
Dealing with all these symptoms alone can take a major toll on someones life.
I mean, can you imagine having to deal with all these symptoms everyday without knowing why or having any treatments for relief?
There is hope my friends, and like always we save the best for last.
Here’s a list of 3 weird yet effective treatments for fibromyalgia…
Jumping right into the weirdness, we’re starting with what may seem a good name for a super villain in a comic book!
This therapy is also called “Apitherapy” and it is basically using bee stings to get your immune system to work as it should be working without fibromyalgia.
It also helps with reducing the pain as the bee venom contains a substance that reduces and controls the inflammation.
This treatment, however, must be conducted under tight supervision as it can be harmful if the patient got too many bee stings.
No, not that cupping of course, can we keep our dirty minds out of this, please?
All jokes aside, cupping is an ancient method of treating pain.
It is very interesting actually and doesn’t have a danger factor like the bee-stinging thing.
In the cupping treatment, many small cups are heated in boiling water then they’re placed upside down on the area of the pain and left there to cool down.
What this does is create a sort of a vacuum that sucks up that area resulting in relieving the pain in this area and improving the energy flow throughout the body.
This is an ancient treatment as I mentioned before, so, there’s no scientific proof of how it works.
However, many people who have tried it have testified that it does work!
This treatment is based on taking baths, whether hot or cold, with certain mineral salts that help the body and relieves the pain.
I saved this treatment option for last because this one has been tested and studied and its results are very promising.
Doctors have found that putting the patient’s body in very hot or very cold temperatures can have a soothing effect on fibromyalgia pain and train the nerves to react normally as well.
So, my friends, now you know enough about fibromyalgia not only to understand and support your loved ones who have it.