Fighting Fibromyalgia Using Diet and Exercise

Fibromyalgia is a condition where a sufferer has long term pain and tenderness throughout their entire body. This pain affects all the soft tissue parts of the body; including the joints, muscles and tendons. Fibromyalgia suffers will also suffer symptoms of associated with sleeping problems, anxiety, depression and headaches. This condition affects people of all ages but is most common amongst women aged 20-50

Causes of Fibromyalgia

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not entirely known but possible causes have been linked to; physical and emotional trauma, sleep disturbances, abnormalities in the pain response sectors of the brain, and several viruses are suspected, though not have ever been fully identified.

Symptoms

The main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain of various degrees. These painful areas are called tenderpoints. Tenderpoints are often located in soft tissue areas of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, elbows, shins, and knees. Pain will blossom out from these tenderpoints. The joints themselves are not actually physically affected by fibromyalgia, though the pain can seem like it comes from the joint. The pain caused by fibromyalgia regularly causes suffers to have trouble sleeping, causing continual fatigue. The pain by fibromyalgia often seems to come and go, and can seem to vary from night to day, and be affected by the weather. Many people feel like their pain gets worse in the cold or wet weather. Fibromyalgia pain is also commonly increased by physical activity.

Fighting Fibromyalgia Pain

Diet and Exercise has often been shown to help some patients reduce the pain and symptoms from fibromyalgia. While physical activity can increase pain in some individuals, it can also be beneficial for others. Exercise can help to restore the body's neurochemical balance and triggers a positive emotional state by releasing endorphins, which are the pain fighting molecules associated with “runners high”. Exercise is also beneficial because it will increase the range of motion in the painful joints and muscles. There are three types of exercise that fibromyalgia sufferers should focus on; range-of-motion or stretching exercises, endurance exercises and strengthening exercises. Range of motion exercises will help to increase the amount an painful joint can be moved without causing pain. This is probably the most important type of exercise for sufferers, since limited mobility can be nearly as disheartening as the pain. Endurance exercises will increase the amount of physical activity that the patient can undergo, and help with weight loss. Strengthening exercise will strengthen the muscles that support the joints, and some studies have suggested that strengthening exercises might even be able to help relieve some of the pain caused by fibromyalgia.

A Well managed diet can help control the pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia. Suffers should try to eat an adequate amount of protein, which can help to offset the fatigue which is often caused by fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that a raw food diet, one that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, which is rich in enzymes and antioxidants can help with some of the symptoms of this disease. Some examples of these types of foods are fresh blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, spinach, kale and bell peppers. Studies have shown that this diet can help suffers relive pain, help them sleep, and relieves fatigue.

If you believe that you might be suffering from fibromyalgia then you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible. AAA Medical Solutions in San Antonio are available for consultations by calling 210-495-0086. The doctors will be able to help diagnose your tenderpoints and to try and find a diet and exercise plan to minimize and relive symptoms of the disease.