Things You Didn’t Know About Fibromyalgia
1. Digestive Distress Can Be an Early Warning Sign:You may have noticed that tummy troubles show up when your fibromyalgia symptoms flare, and that’s no coincidence. IBS affects around 70% of fibro patients, and often precedes a fibro diagnosis.
2. All Senses Are Uncomfortably Heightened: Fibromyalgia leaves you more sensitive to the pain in your muscles, but you may feel other discomforts more intensely, too. Allodynia refers to a heightened sensitivity to touch, and can make you recoil painfully from a simple handshake or a light pat on the back.
3. Excessive Sweating Is Not Uncommon:Pain can radiate through your body in a number of ways, leaving some fibromyalgia patients feeling hot and feverish. Heavy perspiration among fibro sufferers can be traced to a dysfunction in the hypothalamus gland in the brain, which controls a number of your body’s automatic functions. Luckily, there are ways to cool off this response in your brain, including certain medications and a few creative lifestyle changes.
4. Fibromyalgia Breeds Resentment:Constant pain and fatigue certainly isn’t easy on the body, but it can strain your life in other ways you may not have imagined. An astounding percentage of fibro sufferers report rifts in important relationships: only half of all patients feel happy and healthy in their current romantic relationship, almost 20% say that their spouse questions whether or not their fibro is real, and one in three report that their children are resentful when they can’t join in activities.
5. Good Sleep is Essential Treatment:Although it’s not a cure for fibromyalgia, a good night’s rest can help in a big way. The “central sensitization” theory helps to explain the importance: essentially, tight muscles lead to poor sleep, and since your muscles don’t get the rest they need to recover, they don’t communicate properly with your central nervous system. This nervous system malfunction leaves you more sensitive to pain and other external stimuli. It follows that breaking the sleepless cycle will slow and dull the pain signals, so make sleep hygiene a top priority and seek immediate help for problems like sleep apnea.
6. Vitamin D Makes a Difference:This simple vitamin has a profound influence on bone and muscle pain, which makes it an important tool for fibro sufferers. It turns out that more than 50% of people are deficient in vitamin D; combine that with the heightened muscle sensitivity that comes with fibromyalgia.