Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related illness that is misunderstood and often misdiagnosed. People may feel aches all over and have symptoms of crippling fatigue. They may have parts of the body causing pain when touched. They may have issues with sleep, mood changes, and depression. The muscles may feel pulled or over-worked even without exercise. The muscles may also twitch, burn, or the person may have a stabbing pain. They may have aches and pain around the joints in the hips, back, neck, and shoulders. A person may also have abdominal pain, an inability to concentrate, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.
There are no x-ray’s or lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia and so many times this disease is misdiagnosed, for problems such as, depression, inflammatory arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome, which only prolongs the proper care to the patient. Simply by gaining knowledge of this disease a person can recognize the symptoms and express their concerns when visiting a physician. The doctor will then do a physical exam and lab tests to make sure the problem is nothing more serious. Lifestyle changes may help improve sleep and decrease pain. A person may also be prescribed prescription medication to help pain.
When trying to get health insurance if a person lists Fibromyalgia as a pre-existing condition they may have difficulty getting coverage. If the company chooses to cover the patient there may be limitations or restrictions with what the insurance company will pay for. Some may even deny coverage because they fill the patient is too risky and will require too much medical treatment. There are also certain medications they may not cover. There are alternative treatments for this disease such as massage, meditation, acupuncture, and visiting a chiropractor and tend to work well for many fibromyalgia sufferers.
Anyone with fibromyalgia can do things to help them cope with the disease. They should try to reduce stressful situations, try to get out in the sun more, use better lighting when they are at the computer, try to overcome insomnia, and try some mental relaxation techniques. A person can also try to get more rest by taking a short nap and use a cold pack on the back of the neck when lying down to help bring on a quieter mood. Many times heat also works to relieve stiffness and soreness. Regular exercise can reap huge benefits as well.