Fibromyalgia Fatigue

How to deal with fibromyalgia fatigueOne of the more prominent symptoms of fibromyalgia is fatigue. People who suffer from this condition can find it really hard to get through the day simply because they have no energy.

It is a known medical fact that women are four times more likely to suffer this condition than men. Fibromyalgia fatigue is closely associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which makes it difficult to diagnose but the medical profession has found a few subtle differences that help them diagnose fibromyalgia.

The Links Between CFS and Fibromyalgia Fatigue

We have researchers to thank for this piece of information. Primarily experts in the field of arthritis or rheumatology carry out research on fibromyalgia fatigue, whereas experts in the field of CFS work with viral infections or immune system problems. Through this research it is now considered that fibromyalgia fatigue is a chronic pain syndrome which has a central rather than peripheral or muscular basis, and CFS is considered to be viral.

The Difference Between Fibromyalgia Fatigue and CFS

  • People who suffer with CFS will find that fatigue is their main problem however, those that suffer from fibromyalgia will also have other symptoms such as muscle pain.
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome normally attacks the body when someone has been through some sort of trauma and this can be emotional or physical.
  • In patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, they have distinct areas in which they suffer pain and this isn’t the case with CFS. A doctor will take a look at between 11 and 18 places in which a patient is suffering pain in order to diagnose this syndrome.
  • People with CFS will complain they have swelling in their glands, have a fever or suffer from other symptoms that can be flu like. This isn’t the case with people who have fibromyalgia.
  • The disturbance in sleep with both of these conditions is very closely related but a recent study which was carried out in Japan has found subtle differences, however this isn’t enough for a doctor to diagnose fibromyalgia condition based on sleep patterns alone.

How to Deal With Fibromyalgia Syndrome

It’s important to note this condition is long-term and this is why your specialist will work closely with you to decide on the best fibromyalgia treatment methods. The first thing they will address is your sleeping habits. There are various ways in which you can help yourself in terms of getting some much needed rest.

Try taking a warm bath before bed and make sure you soak for a while. Add essential oils such as lavender to the water which help you relax. Don’t do anything strenuous before bed. Another great tip is to turn your alarm clock either off (if possible), or set it so the clock is facing away from you.

Exercise is also important when trying to help fibromyalgia fatigue, especially for pregnant women, you may not really feel like it but 10 minutes of gentle stretching each day will help to relax your muscles and combat chronic fatigue. By working closely with your specialist fibromyalgia fatigue can be kept under control. Click Here to read more about the unique method to fight fibromyalgia.

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