Evaluation of Management
Because the study of Fibromyalgia has come a long way over the past twenty years, health professionals are viewing it as a disease. It was first thought of as possibly a mental problem. One that kept evolving. There seemed to be no reason for the widespread pain. Accounts of this pain were becoming more and more common. Something needed to be done to determine the why, when and how answers to those who have unanswered questions.
Learning about your Disease
Management of Fibromyalgia looks different to many people. Partly because it manifests itself in so many ways. Not everyone has the same complaints, pains, and onsets. Hence, it is very important to learn what triggers are causing your flare-ups. Do not assume that your symptoms are just the “classic” Fibromyalgia everyone has this answer. It is imperative that you write your symptoms down to present them to your medical provider. No symptom is too small to be considered for your treatment.
The definition of “being proactive” is not found in most dictionaries. It is a fairly new term but that being said, to be proactive is to take control of one’s situation. Making the decisions that best help and work for you. This does not mean you should not consult your physician, Practitioner, or medical provider. It does mean you need to be in “in the know” when it comes to the type of treatment, medications, and therapy your body needs to function.
What is Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune Diseases like Fibromyalgia are not just a one size fits all explanation. You must be proactive by educating yourself about these signs and warnings of an autoimmune disease. At times, that is easier said than done. Keep track of your daily aches, pains, how often they occur and what makes it better or worse than your day progresses.
You the Patient
Studies suggest that patients who take an active part in their medical problems are more likely to see better benefits.
In a Huff post by Barbara Ficarra, RN, MPA, Patient care: Why you the Patient are the MOST Important part of the Health Care Team she explains;
“As a healthcare professional engage their patients with empathy, we can make them feel valued and respected, and listening and communicating effectively with our patients we can develop a treatment plan specifically around their needs. Patients are the center and the most valuable part of the team. We need to involve them in their care and understand they are an integral part of the health care team. We need to encourage them to be a proponent of their own health care. We need to let them know that it is OK to ask questions and to take charge of their health. Patients may have some self-doubt about questioning health professionals. They may feel uneasy and perhaps they may have difficulty expressing themselves, but we can offer reassurance and continue to encourage them to be PROACTIVE.”
Three medications are FDA-approved to treat fibromyalgia:
- Cymbalta (Duloxatine): Cymbalta is a type of antidepressant called a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Research is not sure why it works in fibromyalgia, but they think that increasing levels of serotonin and norepinephrine help control and reduce feelings of pain.
- Lyrica (Pregablin): Lyrica is a nerve pain and epileptic drug. In people with fibromyalgia, it may help calm down overly sensitive nerve cells that send pain signals throughout the body. It has been effective in treating fibro pain.
- Savella (milnacipran): Savella is also an SNRI. While researchers aren’t exactly sure how it works, studies have shown that it helps relieve pain and reduce fatigue in people with fibromyalgia.
Draft Your Fibromyalgia & R.A. Treatment Plan:
Know what your options are. Looking for alternatives to medications? Therapy? Create a treatment plan. Try different ways to improve your health. It may be a diet, exercise, time out for calming or just taking “me” time away from your daily life and problems. Never assume. You are in control of your success. Find what works best for you.
Exercise is an important part of managing fibromyalgia symptoms. Staying physically active can relieve pain, stress, and anxiety.
The key is to start slowly. Begin with stretching and low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming or other water exercises, or bicycling. Low-impact aerobic exercises such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates can also be helpful. Before you increase the intensity of your exercise talk with your doctor.
Whatever exercise you choose, focus on three areas: range of motion, aerobic, and strength training. Do Not push it! Slow and regular is the key to your success in this life-changing experience. A steady pace will achieve better results.
Physical therapy can help you get control of your illness by focusing on what you can do to improve your situation rather than on your chronic symptoms.
A physical therapist can show you how to get temporary relief from fibromyalgia pain and stiffness, get stronger, and improve your range of motion. The therapist can help you make little changes, such as practicing good posture, that helps prevent painful flare-ups.
A lot of popular fibro treatments fall outside of the mainstream medicine. In general, there hasn’t been extensive research regarding the use of alternative medications. Always visit with your healthcare provider before starting alternative treatment.
Popular alternative treatments include:
- Acupunture. This ancient healing practice aims to increase blood flow and production of natural painkillers with thin needles inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body. Some studies report that acupuncture may help ease pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
- Dry Needling. While some think this is like Acupuncture, Dry needling is the use of needles that are inserted into trigger points identified in the myofascial. It causes a spasm that ultimately relieves pain associated with that point.
- Message Therapy. This may help reduce muscle tension and help improve range of motion.
- Chiropractic Treatment. Based on the adjustments of the spine, it may help with the relief of muscle pain.
- Herbs. The scientific community has mixed reviews on the effectiveness of herbs and oils. While a few studies have shown possible relief from their use, it still has not been totally confirmed.
Source: WebMD April 02, 2017
Get help and live happy with fibromyalgia & R.A..
For a long time, as a sufferer from Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, it has been my quest to help others by informing them of the different treatments available. I do not claim to be an expert. It is only through my own studying, coordinating with my medical advisers and therapist that I can tell you what has worked for me.
Please, before you change anything in the way of your treatment, be honest with your medical providers. Before cannot find one that will listen then be PROACTIVE.
Your health and happiness depend on your decision to make it happen. It is about how you choose to take on the responsibility of living with Fibromyalgia.
With God, I am in Control
Fibromyalgia does not control my life. I am the one who decides how I will control it. Yes, it is an everyday battle. There is never a day completely pain-free.
For me, it is trusting in God. Seeing the pain, suffering others go through and knowing I am the princess of the King. My gift to you is I will pray for you and with you. My God is bigger than anything this world can throw at me.
Are you ready to take the next step?
If you are, then click here to get started. Don’t waste another day wondering if there is Life after Fibromyalgia! Let me hear from you what steps you are planning or need help planning to improve your life.
If this has helped you, or if you need someone to listen, please leave me your comments. I will try to answer you within 48 hours. I would love to hear from you.