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Frequently asked fibromyalgia questions answered
While research into fibromyalgia, its causes and the best treatment protocols is still ongoing, it is nevertheless not in the sufferer's head and is considered to be a legitimate medical condition. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions relating to
Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?
Can you ever get better? Until medical research can determine a cause for this condition and other extensive research is done into how best to diagnose and treat it, you may never be cured of this condition. The best course of action is to manage your symptoms on a daily basis. The most effective combination for symptom management to date is the correct use of medications, lifestyle changes and self-care strategies.
The most commonly seen condition triggers which have been noted during thorough research appear to be related to an existing illness, trauma (physical or emotional) and genetics. A mixture may increase your risk of developing the condition, but this is still to be precisely determined.
What is ‘fibro fog’?
Trouble with concentration as another complaint related to this disorder has been dubbed ‘fibro fog’. Many feel like they exist in a constant haze and find it difficult to focus throughout the day, every day.
Chronic pain and a lack of sufficient sleep and rest are some of the main reasons this can happen.
Following the treatment plan and recommendations made by your doctor can help to alleviate the intensity of this feeling and thus reduce the fog sensation over time.
Is restless legs syndrome common in those managing fibromyalgia?
Discomfort in the legs, especially below the knees is common in those suffering from this disorder. Pain is often problematic during the night and can be intense for many. Along with pain a person have ‘feel the need’ to move their legs around in order to feel more comfortable. This kind of pain is known as ‘restless legs syndrome’. Pain and the sensation of restlessness is disruptive for a person’s sleeping habits and can wake them up at night.
Is swelling, numbness and tingling sensations also common for those with fibromyalgia?
A person with fibromyalgia may also complain of swelling, tingling and sometimes numbness, particularly in the hands, arms, legs and feet. These are considered neurological complaints and do not currently have a medically clear cause.
Sufferers generally notice these sensations (known as paraesthesia) first thing in the morning, along with morning body stiffness. These sensations can, however, occur at any time, and in irregular patterns for short periods of time (i.e. a few minutes) or in some cases, constantly.