Dec 27, 2018 11:05 PM EST
Fibromyalgia is a condition that can be difficult to diagnose that causes pain in various parts of the body. It is a long term, chronic condition that manifests differently among individuals experiencing it. Other symptoms may include:
It is relatively common, with about 5% or 1 in 20 people affected. Numbers are hard to obtain because it's a tricky diagnosis with common symptoms found among other autoimmune diseases and chronic conditions. There is no blood or other physical test that can detect fibromyalgia, akin to many other autoimmune disorders, as well. Women are diagnosed around seven times more frequently than men. It tends to appear around early to late middle age (30-50). However, seniors and even children can develop the condition. It is not known precisely what causes fibromyalgia, but there are recognized risk factors.
Abnormal levels of chemicals and activity in the brain is one indicator. The central nervous system also processes pain messages differently in these individuals. Fibromyalgia could also be genetic in nature. Those with the condition have often had it triggered by intensely stressful life events, emotionally and/or physically, including trauma and abuse.
There are several medications that can help with the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. While there is no cure, they can help with symptom management and improve the quality of life of those experiencing flare ups. Some reduce pain and others increase energy and act as a sleep aid. A combination of treatments is often required. Some pharmacies specialize in pharmaceutical compounding, which means prescriptions can be custom-designed to suit the individual.
Professionals at MEDS Pharmacy Group can provide specific dosages not available from other brands. Other alterations can include changing the size, shape, or form of the pill - from a solid to a liquid; adding flavouring to make medications for children, adults, or pets more palatable; combining treatments into one pill; and removing additives or ingredients to help reduce side effects and address sensitivities.
It's important to ask your doctor and pharmacist about side effects and notify them if any should occur. If the side effects are worse than the benefits being provided, you may want to switch to another brand, dosage, or try a compounded formula. It's also important to make lifestyle changes, especially dietary ones, as an integral part of a treatment plan.
Fibromyalgia patients have been shown to benefit from eating:
Nutrition is a foundational basis for health and wellbeing, and what people eat has a direct impact on general health, illness, and lowering the risk of disease. Food choices can lessen the experience of pain, improve sleep, and increase overall wellbeing. Combined with medication, there is help to be found for those with Fibromyalgia.
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