Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fibromyalgia: Treatment Versus Management

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, and other invisible illnesses. Things become even more confusing when doctors can't find the reason a sufferer is in pain or exhausted; therefore, simply said - It's difficult to treat an illness or a disease that doesn't have one specific cause.

When you break your arm or pull a muscle and then go to a doctor, the doctor knows how to treat you. Your doctor knows what happened, what's wrong, and what needs to be done so that your body heals properly.

When it comes to fibromyalgia, this isn't the case. There isn't one specific cause but rather, a "perfect storm" of symptoms which cause pain and discomfort. Different people experience fibromyalgia in different ways. There is even research to show that there is a difference between how fibromyalgia affects men and how it affects women! With this being said, one person may experience a high intensity level of pain on most days where another person experiences mostly exhaustion. Each person is different and each person has to go at their own pace when it comes to relieving pain!

Even though there are many different ways to experience symptoms, there are still a few VERY important ways that sufferes can treat and manage their specific pain in a way that IS effective in reducing the pain a sufferer experiences!

Treatment of fibromyalgia means that first, you'll need to begin identifying each of these symptoms by themselves. What I've found after working with patients in my practice is that these symptoms tend to fall into one of three specific categories - sleep, nutrition, and muscle strength.

After identifying each cause, you'll be able to make the necessary changes to treat each symptom.

Now, treatment of fibromyalgia is different than managing fibromyalgia. As you've discovered, TREATMENT means identifying each cause separately and then once you've done this, you can begin to MANAGE each symptom.

For example, if you have a hard time getting a good night of sleep and you wake up tired, you can learn tips and tricks to help correct this. If you're experiencing a lot of pain, you might find out that the foods you've been eating have actually been causing inflammation.

In managing fibromyalgia, most likely you'll need to make a few simple and easy changes to your life. These changes are not difficult if you get the facts and learn simple tips and tricks.

Dr. Steven Yen has been treating fibromyalgia naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery for patients in his private practice since 2002.

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  1. Exercise. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it has been shown to help symptoms. Exercises well suited to those with fibromyalgia are cycling or stationary cycling, walking, and swimming.