Is your pain fibrositis?
If you suffer from chronic pain that is not brought on by strain or injury, it may be time to see a doctor. If there is persistent pain in the major muscles of the body (shoulders, back, thighs, calves, arms) or joints (knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles) that comes and goes, it might be a sign of the autoimmune disorder fibrositis. It can be moderate to severe in intensity. In some cases, it manifests itself as painful areas in the body, which are tender to the touch.
What is it?
Fibrositis is, as mentioned before, an autoimmune disorder affecting the nerves and tissues situated in the major muscles and joints of the body. Some people suffer from tender and aching muscles, despite no injury or illness. Others report pain in various parts of the body after a long bout of work, stress or exercise. Still others find that stress, anxiety, less sleep and even an active lifestyle can exacerbate stress.
If you think your body pain may be a sign of fibrositis, consider these common symptoms to make sure:
· Stiff or weak muscles or joints
· Muscles that easily tear, even with the slightest exertion
· Throbbing joint pain that makes resting or sleeping difficult
· Pain brought on for no apparent reason. Some people may experience pain even after adequate sleep and rest.
· Pain aggravated when the temperature rises, or humidity increases, or if the sleeping space is hot and uncomfortable.
· Pain increased by erratic lifestyles, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, over exercise, etc.
How to treat fibrositis
Unfortunately, the disorder has no cure. It is often inherited from one’s parents. The good news is that a balanced diet, light exercise and pain relief creams can help you control the pain and other symptoms of fibrositis.
A few pain management measures can go a long way in easing the symptoms and signs of fibrositis. If you have been diagnosed with fibrositis, the first step is to accept the disorder for what it is. If you feel stressed or depressed about it, you may end up aggravating the pain. A calm approach and complete acceptance are key to living with it.
Based on what your doctor advises, you can indulge in moderate stretching, swimming and walking to keep the pain at bay. The muscles tend to waste and atrophy with this disorder, so they must be primed with regular exercise and a good diet.
Those with severe muscular or joint pain should apply a hot compress to the area. They can then lightly rub a pain relief cream into the muscles before going to bed.
We hope these measures help you manage the condition much better. Living with fibrositis is about finding a balance between a good lifestyle and adequate pain relief.