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Fibromyalgia

About Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

  • A central nervous system hypersensitivity causing muscle spasms especially around the joints.
  • A muscle disorder that causes significant pain all over the body
  • Affects the muscles and soft tissue
  • Fibromyalgia has joint pain but is NOT a form of arthritis
  • This pain and fatigue can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities

What causes Fibromyalgia?

  • Unknown
  • Family History
  • Exposure To Infections or Illness
  • Exposure To Stressful EventsE.g Car Accidents
  • Post Menopause

Symptoms

  • Chronic muscle ache and pain
  • Chronic fatigue incapacitating daily activities
  • Stiffness
  • Chronic sleep disturbances
  • Giddiness
  • Increased sensitivity

Managing Fibromyalgia

Doctor’s Management

        – Medications

  • Medications used in Fibromyalgia treatment are NOT PAIN-KILLERS.
  • They belong to the group of nerve stabilisers and most patients tolerate them well
  • Inform your doctor if you experience side effects. DO NOT STOP the medications suddenly-Injection Therapy
  • Myofascial injections – These anti-inflammatory injections are targeted at relaxing the muscles of the painful areas.
  • Platelets Rich Plasma – PRP injections are like stem cell therapies that have healing and repairing of damaged tissue benefits.

Patient’s Responsibilities

 

  • Exercise Therapy
  • Sleep Therapy
  • Stress Management

Tips to ease fibro (1)
Exercise consistently 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.
Choose cardio exercises that will increase the basal heart rate by 1.5 times.
Example:
• Swimming
• Aerobics
• Brisk walking / Jogging
• Dancing
Taichi has also been proven to be helpful in fibromyalgia.

Tips to ease fibro (2)

Identify habits that will affect your sleep
Identify triggers in the external environment