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12 Incredible Non-Pharmaceutical Ways to Deal with Fibromyalgia
Sometimes called fibromyositis or fibrositis, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition most easily described as widespread pain. Its exact cause is unknown, making treatment impossible. At this point, doctors can only treat the symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is far more common in women than in men, outnumbering them seven to one. Many researchers believe that this condition arises from a combination of physical and emotional stressors. It’s thought that this disease affects as many as five million Americans every year, but many people believe the number is most likely double that as this disease is often dismissed or misdiagnosed. This is because fibromyalgia does not really show up on any laboratory tests and is simply a disease of description. Doctors are trained to read lab tests. When they have little to go on, many people are misdiagnosed or are simply dismissed as being hypochondriacs.
Some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include excruciating muscle pain; sensitivity to noise, smells or bright lights; stiff joints’ overwhelming fatigue; numbness in the extremities or tingling sensations; migraine headaches; TMJ; sleep disorders; IBS and feelings of anxiety and depression.
If you or someone you love suffers from fibromyalgia, then you are already well aware of the problems that come with this disease. Friends and family who don’t see anything physically wrong often tell the sufferer that they need psychiatric help or that they should just “snap out of it.” As with depression, simply because you cannot see it does not mean that it isn’t there.
As of now, the best you can do is to treat the symptoms and try alternative treatments. Many people find relief from a wide variety of complementary treatments. What works for one might not work for another, so if one method does not seem to work for you, try another.
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