The awareness of the chronic diagnosis of fibromyalgia is increasing. Fibromyalgia is a form of soft tissue rheumatism particularly prevalent in women.
Did you know that superstar Lady Gaga has fibromyalgia, for example? The fact that such superstars are talking about a diagnosis previously called “the invisible disease” is positive, because it brings much needed attention to a group of patients who were not believed or had not been neglected for a long time.
As mentioned, it is mostly women who are most affected by this chronic pain disorder. Why women are more affected than men is uncertain – but this is the subject of research (although many are fighting against us and unfortunately do not want that).
We are fighting for this group of people – and those with other diagnoses of chronic pain – to have a better chance of receiving treatment and training. We ask you to share this message further in order to increase public knowledge so that we can achieve it. Follow us on our FB page and on social media to join us in the fight for an improved daily life for thousands of people.
Fibromyalgia occurs mostly in women aged 20 to 30 years. So, in this article, we cover the 7 most common symptoms of fibromyalgia in women.
1. Intense body pain
Fibromyalgia is particularly characterized by its characteristic pain that can affect the whole body – and can cause the affected person to feel that she is never rested, that she is really stiff and worn out about grief and that her daily life is painful
Scientists believe that this is due to a biochemical reaction called “central sensitization,” which means that the body misinterprets the signals of the nervous system and that the stress that would normally not cause harm induces pain signals.
There are medications for pain relief, but unfortunately, many of them have a long list of side effects. Therefore, it is important that you make good use of self-treatment in the form of walks in the woods, training at the hot water pool, use of trigger points against sore muscles, swimming and personalized mobility exercises, as indicated below.
As many of you know the muscles and joints of the body, fibromyalgia involves an increased incidence of muscle pain, stiff joints and nerve retention. Here we present a workout video with five gentle movement exercises that will help you provide better movement, less pain and increased blood circulation.
Too many people suffer from chronic pain that destroys everyday life – so we encourage you to share this article on social networks, for example by liking our Facebook page and saying “Yes to more research on fibromyalgia”. In this way, the symptoms associated with this diagnosis can be made more visible and more people taken seriously – and thus get the help they need.
We also hope that this increased focus can lead to increased funding for research into new methods of investigation and treatment.
2. Fibromyalgia and fatigue (chronic fatigue)
Due to the hyperactivity of the nervous system and the body’s pain, the body runs at full speed for nearly 24 hours. Even when you sleep. This means that people with fibromyalgia often wake up the next day and are about as tired as when they go to bed.
Scientists believe this is because in people with fibromyalgia, the immune system that regulates inflammatory responses works differently – and the body’s muscles do not get the healing and rest it needs. Of course, this leads to a feeling of fatigue and exhaustion.
3. Fibromyalgia and migraine
People with fibromyalgia often suffer from severe headaches and migraines. The disease is often called “fibromyalgia headache”. It is not known why people with fibromyalgia are more commonly affected, but it is thought that this may be due to overactivity in the nervous system and therefore to higher electrical activity.
As is well known, “electric storms” often occur in the measurements of the migraine brain – so it is reasonable to assume that hypersensitivity of the nervous system is the cause of this type of headache.
Certain types of deficiencies have also been associated with an increased incidence of migraine – including a magnesium electrolyte – which, we know, is responsible for regulating large parts of muscle and nerve function. It is clinically proven that lack of magnesium is the basis of muscle contractions, muscle cramps, fatigue, irregular heartbeat and cognitive impairment – as nerve conduction (transport and transmission of nerve impulses from the muscles and brain ) is negatively affected by lack of magnesium.
Adequate diet, Q10 supplementation, meditation and physical treatment of joints and muscles have shown that together (or separately) can help reduce the incidence and intensity of these headaches.
4. Fibromyalgia and sleep problems
People with fibromyalgia often have trouble falling asleep or waking up early. It is suspected that this is due to overactivity in the nervous system and brain, which means that the affected person never “completely” calms down in the body and that the pain in the body also affects the quality of sleep.
Light stretching exercises, breathing techniques, the use of a refreshing anti-migraine mask, and meditation can help the body reduce hypersensitivity, which reduces body agitation and allows for better sleep. .
5. Fibromyalgia and cerebral fever
A reduced cognitive function and a feeling that the head is not “completely with” are common in people with fibromyalgia. The condition is known as fibrotogen – also called brain fog. The symptoms of this brain fog may be a temporary memory failure, difficulty remembering names and places – or a general impairment of the ability to solve tasks that require systematic and logical thinking.
It is now thought that this fibrotogen is due to changes in brain activity in people with fibromyalgia – a problem they termed “nerve noise.”
This term describes random electrical currents that destroy communication between different parts of the brain. You can think of this as such interruptions that could sometimes be heard on older FM radios – just scratch.
6. Fibromyalgia and depression
The diagnoses of fibromyalgia and chronic pain are naturally linked to higher rates of mood changes, depression and anxiety. Of course, it is known that chronic pain is also related to fatigue and depression.
Research has shown that nerve transmitters that affect depression are strongly related to pain. When we know that fibromyalgia causes chronic and extensive pain, we also see the direct link between fibromyalgia and depression.
It is for this very reason that it is very important that you also try to tackle the mental and mental problem of chronic pain. The worst thing you do is “keep everything inside,” as this will only increase anxiety attacks.
Join your local rheumatic association, join a support group on the Internet (we recommend the facebook group “Rheumatism and chronic pain – Norway: news, cohesion and research”) and be open to those around you with the fact that you sometimes have problems and that it can go beyond your personality temporarily.
7. Fibromyalgia and irritable bowel
It has been found that people with fibromyalgia are also often affected by what we call irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel symptoms may include frequent visits to the toilet, stomach problems, diarrhea, but may also include constipation and difficulty getting started with the bowels.
Anyone with persistent intestinal problems and irritable bowel symptoms should be examined by a doctor (gastrologist). It is also very important to consider their diet – and especially to try to respect what is called “fibromyalgia”. Unfortunately, not all intestinal systems are alike – some may have a positive effect on switching to such a diet, but others may think they have no effect.