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Coping With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that was only identified as a definite condition in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology. Characterized by fatigue, insomnia, and widespread pain in your muscles and ligaments, fibromyalgia can only be diagnosed with certainty by a rheumatologist after performing specific blood tests.

Although there is a guideline listing 18 tender points that states having 11 to 13 of these points can be indicative of fibromyalgia, it’s worth remembering that most of those points are tender on most people. If you have been tested and do have fibromyalgia, it may be reassuring to know that it isn’t progressive, crippling or life-threatening and that coping with the condition often improves with a change of lifestyle.

An autoimmune disorder, fibromyalgia requires a healthy eating plan, allowing for improved immune system function and eliminating foods that aggravate. Nutritional supplements are important for energy, fighting inflammation and stress, relaxing muscle and nerve function and supporting all body systems. Exercise, is again, an important component. It may start with as little as 10 minutes daily, depending on the severity of your condition, increasing as you improve.

What role does massage play? It acts to assist the body to balance from within; improving circulation and nutrition at a cellular level, increasing oxygenation of all tissues, calming the nervous systems and encouraging you mentally. Massage would usually begin with very light work, gradually increasing depth according to your individual tolerance. Many people with fibromyalgia benefit from combining reflexology with their treatment, perhaps because all organs and systems are said to be gently toned from working with the feet.


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