An estimated 10 million people in America are battling Fibromyalgia today. It is often misdiagnosed and undetected by patients and providers. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. Women and highly stressed individuals are more prone to having this condition. There are no solid causes to fibromyalgia; the pain signals sent out to the nerves are still being studied to this day.
Some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Tension
- Trigger Points
- Constant Fatigue
- Brain Fog
- Poor Sleep Patterns
- Nervousness or Anxiousness
- Bloating and Stomach Problems
- Frequent Urination
That’s a lot of symptoms to go off of. It could be similar to some other conditions such as osteoarthritis. The best way to find out for sure is to get checked by your provider. If this is a condition you are dealing with, you can alleviate the symptoms in a number of different ways. You have to also note that there are no cures for this condition. But there are ways you can keep the pain ay bay.
Weight control and exercise will help to have less flair-up. Stress relief is important to keep these episodes from ruining your day. Get your cardiovascular workout in one day. The next day focus on strength. This will also help improve your mood day in, day out. Decrease stiffness and increase physical function with exercise. Be sure to incorporate a god warm up and cool down. Stretch and keep the body loose.
Preparation is Key
Build a routine that is going to fit your busy schedule. Write down your entire day and see if there are things you can trim off to fit in a workout. Plan ahead, have your workout gear and clothes ready to go. Have your lunch prepared the day before so that you can get in a meal at work if you want to work out during your lunch break. If you want to work out in the AM, prepare the day before and get to bed early. People who like to work after work will need to have their gym clothes ready to go and dinner might have to be pre-prepped. It’s all about making time; any schedule can be modified to fit in some “me time”.
Getting the proper rest will aid in recovery from exercise, this goes hand in hand with the active routine. Flair-ups are often caused by high stress and a lack or rest. Do not throw yourself off on the weekends. Keep the same sleep patterns though and through. No such thing as, “catching up on sleep”. The recovery is just as important as the workouts.
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Call in to get scheduled, here at The Institute for Functional Health; you can treat fibromyalgia as well as other painful conditions. Get the right nutrition and workout plan to suit your individual needs. We provide passive and active care needed to have you feeling better ASAP. Do your body a favor; get started on a healthier way to improve your quality of life.