If you think you have fibromyalgia, you are not alone. Fibromyalgia affects about 5 million people in the United States. Read on to learn more about this painful disease and how you can treat it.

For those of us who suffer from a condition known as fibromyalgia, we are familiar with the concept that this painful predicament could possibly be ‘all in the head.’ If you develop fibromyalgia, you will know that this pain is as real as the pain from any other condition.

Because there are no true scientific findings regarding fibromyalgia (i.e. real physical evidence), some physicians will not accept that the syndrome exists at all.

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia causes pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments while also causing fatigue. Since it affects the attachments, it will often feel like bone pain and sometimes will even feel as if you’ve broken a bone. It may affect one particular area such as the hips, but it usually spreads all over the body.

What are the symptoms?

Pain, especially in the areas called “tender points” which include pain in the shoulders, front and back of neck, lower back, hips, knees and mid arm.
Depression
Fatigue
Insomnia
Headaches, often migraine
Abdominal pain or bloating
Bladder spasms
Diagnosis:
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose and is usually done so by the presence of pain at the tender points. No laboratory test has been established to make a certain diagnosis.

Treatment:

Pain medication such as anit-inflammatory drugs and sometimes sleep medication may be necessary to induce sleep and relaxed muscles.
Mild exercises.
A proper diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and water.
Knowing when to stop overworking your muscles is important. For instance, if you are outside doing yard work, you may keep pushing to finish the job. Rest assured, you will pay the price by sundown. Do a little at a time, stop and continue the job a little each day.

Fibromyalgia never goes away but waxes and wanes. You will see days when the pain is not as intense, and then on other days, you may need a cane to walk. At any rate, fibromyalgia can be handled.

If you take care of your health and get the proper medication, you can expect to continue your life as planned but you’ll have to do it at a slower rate. Slowing down will not only be good for your heart, but your mind as well. Perhaps that is the one and only good thing about fibromyalgia.