Chronic pain can be very debilitating and affects all aspects of a person’s life. Living with chronic pain is a 24/7 experience affecting the person throughout the day and well into the night. The pain alone is enough to limit one’s life experiences; those with fibromyalgia have more than just chronic pain to deal with. They deal with emotional and mental symptoms as well as other physical symptoms that make chronic pain only part of what a person with fibromyalgia has to go through.
Unfortunately, modern science has little to offer those dealing with chronic pain. Even strong narcotic medications do little to controlling the symptoms and have side effects that make taking them difficult to live through, not to mention the very real addiction risks.
Some relief can be found by making an appointment with a reputable pain clinic. They deal with fibromyalgia patients all the time and have the skills it takes to both diagnose and treat your pain without having to resort to strong drugs or face a life of disability. While chronic pain is just a part of what goes into the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, treating the pain can go a long way in improving the quality of life of those who suffer from the disease.
People with fibromyalgia did not ask to be sick and many led active lived before being struck down with the disease. This can lead to frustration, anxiety, and depression when you no longer can do the things your body allowed you to do in the past.
Lying in bed or on the couch all day can be devastating and can affect one’s ability to lead a fruitful life. It can mean the difference between being a productive member of society to becoming an invalid. Many patients with fibromyalgia feel betrayed by their bodies and helpless to do anything about their symptoms. It doesn’t help when doctors fail to properly diagnose the condition and have little in the way to offer those who suffer from fibromyalgia in the way of treatments for the disease.
Many people with fibromyalgia are labeled as “complainers” or people who can’t handle their emotions by those who have no understanding of the disease or doubt its validity. They are written off as being lazy or people who are just looking for narcotic pain relief for symptoms that can’t be proven by medical science.
Fibromyalgia is a real disease that causes real disability in millions of people throughout the world. Perhaps it helps to know that through the treatments described above that many with fibromyalgia get some relief of their symptoms without having to resort to addictive medications.
There is a lot of research out there on fibromyalgia, including those looking into its origin and treatments that might help cure the condition. More and more is being learned about with regard to the disease every day. In the meantime, there are therapies that can help and they should be tried rather than giving into the pain and disability of the condition.
Support groups are highly recommended as surrounding yourself with like-minded who really understand your plight can be the best therapy for mind, body and spirit.