This ‘mysterious’ condition causes many people stomach aches and chronic pain

Fibromyalgia is a relatively common non-joint related syndrome, characterized by muscle pain and painful pressure points throughout the body. Fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis that does not affect the joints, but the muscles and connective tissue.

Fibromyalgia presents itself in 2% of adults between 20 and 60 years of age. Women are ten times more likely to suffer from this condition than men. Because fibromyalgia symptoms are similar to those of osteoarthritis, it is important to know the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with the condition in order to recognize them in advance so that you can treat them in time.

Risk factors:
– Genetic factors (usually female)
– Genetic defect (possibly inherited)
– Menopause (loss of estrogen)
– Weak physical condition
– Previous surgeries
– Trauma after accident, disease, emotional stress

Symptoms:
– Muscular pains in the whole body
– Morning stiffness
– Fatigue
– Feeling of not having slept well
– Irritable/spastic colon
– Abdominal pain
– Headaches resembling migraines
– Dizziness
– Impaired concentration
– Forgetfulness
– Mood swings
– A tingling feeling
– Increased cold feeling (partly purple discoloration of the hands and feet)

Treatment:
Pain management. Since there is no single known cause, there is no regular medication that can cure fibromyalgia. Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, are the most commonly prescribed but mostly only relieves a small portion of the pain. Also, anti-depressants are often prescribed.

Exercise improves your physical fitness and endurance. They are also important to better learn to dose the daily efforts your body has to endure. However, these exercises (water aerobics, swimming, cycling, walking) should always be customized to your own physical abilities. Therefore, it is best to start with these exercises individually and preferably under the guidance of an expert.

Relaxation exercises, yoga and meditation can help to better control the different stress situations.

Lifestyle. Conscious living, take time off on time and setting strict boundaries contribute positively to dealing with fibromyalgia.

Nutrition. Part of the treatment should be taking good care of your nutrition. Who, for example, suffers from body fatigue and wants to increase their energy must also turn their attention to healthier eating. Supplements can be part of this. It can be very wise to discuss your diet with a nutritionist. But even without the advice of an expert, it is not difficult to adopt better eating habits.

Do you know people with this condition? Remember to tell them about these tips and always consult a doctor in case of complaints.

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