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  • Writer's pictureEllis Wood ADI

Fibromyalgia and brain fog

Forgive me for going off topic a bit here but I just wanted to raise awareness of a chronic condition affecting many many people including me. If your not interested then don't read :) we all have bad days as well as good but it's nice to know someone out there understands what you are going through. Keep on keeping on.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects millions of people worldwide, primarily women. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas of the body, such as the neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back.

The cause of fibromyalgia is not entirely understood, but it is believed to be related to abnormal processing of pain signals in the central nervous system. There may also be genetic and environmental factors involved.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary from person to person and may include:

  • Widespread pain and stiffness

  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances

  • Headaches

  • Cognitive difficulties (known as "fibro fog")

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Depression and anxiety

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be challenging because there are no specific diagnostic tests. I actually took a leaflet to my GP and said I think that's what I have got. God knows where I would be now if I was leaving it to them. I'd already suffered with it since I was about 15. A healthcare provider may make a diagnosis based on a physical exam, a review of symptoms, and ruling out other potential causes of the symptoms.

Treatment for fibromyalgia often involves a combination of medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Medications such as pain relievers, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to manage symptoms. Exercise, such as low-impact aerobic activity, stretching, and strength training, can help improve physical function and reduce pain. Lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and practicing relaxation techniques, may also be beneficial.

Although fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, with proper management, many people with fibromyalgia are able to lead active, fulfilling lives.

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