Sometimes the aches and pains of getting older are more than average body fatigue. If you are experiencing all-over body pain, increased tenderness to the touch, fatigue and problems with sleep and memory, you could be suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic health problem that occurs most commonly in middle-aged women. It is less common—but not unheard of—in men as well as in younger individuals.
Aside from the commonly experienced symptoms mentioned above, individuals might also experience depression, anxiety, headaches and digestive problems. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary in intensity, sometimes leaving the person feeling as if the pain is taking over their life.
Research is ongoing to determine the cause of fibromyalgia, but there are several theories that are currently being studied. These theories include possible genetic or hereditary links, changes in levels of brain chemicals related to stress, and possible changes in the brain’s processing system regarding pain.
While the cause is still unknown and there is no “cure” for fibromyalgia, there are several things an individual can do to take back control of their life while living with fibromyalgia symptoms.
If you are interested in learning more about fibromyalgia and effective treatment options, consider attending Dr. Eric Gowing’s presentation “Effective Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia” on Tuesday, May 5 at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. From 6-7:30 p.m., Dr. Gowing will discuss effective medications and self-management of fibromyalgia, including new therapies and options for treatment.
To sign up for “Effective Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia,” please call NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 or click here. For more information on additional chronic pain services and to schedule an appointment, contact me, Lauri Webster, at (920) 236-1879.