Fibromyalgia Recovery and Rehabilitation

The first person I ever met with Fibromyalgia was a young man in his late twenties. He had a serious advanced case of this disease. He couldn’t walk easily and his hands were deformed. However, his spirit was not broken. I worked with him every day and he was the happiest person at work. He rarely called off and even enjoyed helping other people improve their job performance. I will always remember him as a person who didn’t let his disease define him and his outlook every day. Yes, he had better days than others did but Fibromyalgia was something he had it wasn’t who he was.

Don’t let Fibromyalgia kill your spirit in life; if you are experiencing the beginning stages of this disease or have had it for years, it is important to work with professionals in the medical community for rehabilitation. There is hope through rehabilitation and a change in diet.

Fibromyalgia can be debilitating at any stage. The disease has a wide range of symptoms with varying degrees of intensities making it difficult to detect and treat. A big concern today is people with this condition are heavily medicated with such a wide variety of drugs they begin to have more complicated problems from their medication while finding little or no relief from the fibromyalgia.

Some rehabilitation programs can help people manage their condition with little or no medication. Some people have even eliminated their symptoms completely with proper diet, movement, massages, and acupuncture. Patients also may continue to use traditional medication, supplements and herbs appropriately in some more the intensive programs.

Marta Imamura, MD, Ph.D. wrote in an article for the National Institute of Health that the first thing you must do if you think you have Fibromyalgia is to make sure you don’t have something else that mimics the disease like hypothyroidism, tendonitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is important to perform tests to rule out other diseases as they can affect response to treatment.

Chronic fatigue is one symptom of Fibromyalgia, others include abdominal pain, anxiety and depression, dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes, hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat, inability to concentrate, chronic headaches, incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome and stiffness.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists can teach patients self-management skills with various levels of fibromyalgia. Therapists can show their patients with fibromyalgia how to relieve every day symptoms of pain and stiffness. Health care professionals teach people how to build strength and improve their range of every day motion. They are shown how to get relief from deep muscle pain and how to make sensible decisions about daily activities to prevent painful flare-ups.

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, physical therapy can help ease the pain. Therapy can also help reduce stiffness and fatigue from deep tissue massage to ice and heat packs for hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy uses moist heat or cold packs to stimulating your body's healing. Cold compresses reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels and warm, moist compresses are used on painful areas to dilate blood vessels. This process can increase the flow of blood, and oxygen, and speeding up the elimination of toxins.

When fibromyalgia is diagnosed and treated by medical professionals patients show a significant reduction in symptoms and a much better quality of life.