Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by some symptoms, including widespread pain in the joint and muscle accompanied with fatigue. Fibromyalgia and chronic pain in general are often perceived as the same disorder since both of them can cause debilitating effect to the sufferers. Fibromyalgia itself is a condition of chronic pain, but the characteristic of fibromyalgia is that the pain is widespread. So, when you have chronic pain and it is widespread in your musculoskeletal system, most likely it is fibromyalgia.
When talking about the effect of fibromyalgia in the occupational life, people often relate fibromyalgia and disability. Can people with fibromyalgia apply for disability? It is because the chronic pain and fatigue felt by fibromyalgia sufferers can make working very difficult. However, it can be difficult for fibromyalgia sufferers to really apply for disability. If so, it is better that you talk openly with your boss and coworkers about this disorder and try to make some modifications in your workplace to make your job easier.
Another fact about fibromyalgia that you need to know is that its sufferers are three times more likely to have depression. That’s why there are many studies that link fibromyalgia and depression. Some of the researchers believe that fibromyalgia causes depression that further cause changes in brain chemistry which makes the sufferers more sensitive to pain. It is better that you seek medical treatment as a prevention for the debilitation effects of depression caused by fibromyalgia.
Doctors may suggest that you change your diet although there is still not sufficient study that proves the link between fibromyalgia and diet. Actually, you yourself can feel what kinds of foods that ease the symptoms or makes them worst after you eat your diet. That’s also what happens to other people regarding their diet for fibromyalgia. Some people may be sensitive to particular foods, but some other may be fine with those foods. You can write down every day of what kinds of foods are friends or enemies.
Besides diet, your doctor may also suggest that you have exercise to help maintain bone mass, reduce stress, and increase strength. If you want to be relieved from the symptoms, you have to understand that fibromyalgia and exercise are inseparable. Many people also opt for chiropractic treatment to help them cure fibromyalgia and chronic pain as well as depression. It is recommended that you have regular chiropractic treatment to improve your musculoskeletal health.