The 12th of May is World Fibromyalgia Day. A dedicated day to help build awareness and better the understanding around it. It is a syndrome that causes tenderness and pain all over your body. It is a collection of symptoms that can occur together.
The most common symptoms are a mix of:
- Widespread pain
- Sleeping issues
- Finding it hard to concentrate. Known as ”fibro fog” or ”brain fog”
People aged 50-70 years are more susceptible to developing fibromyalgia. There are exceptions of course and those younger have been known to get it. Between men and women, women are more likely to develop the condition and here in Ireland the ratio currently stands at 6:1.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Sadly, it is not clear why some people develop fibromyalgia. The exact cause is unknown. Research indicates that there could be a number of factors involved:
Sleeping issues such as disturbed sleep is believed to be a cause of fibromyalgia, rather than a symptom.
Those with the condition who have sleep issues can have higher levels of pain. This could suggest that their sleeping patterns contribute to other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
A Chemical Imbalance
Research has found that those with the condition have low levels of specific hormones in their brains.
Low levels of these hormones could be a key factor in causing fibromyalgia. They are responsible for regulating our mood, appetite, sleep, and response to stressful situations.
Developing fibromyalgia can sometimes be linked to having other conditions too. Other conditions such as those that affect your joints, muscles, and bones (rheumatic conditions).
They range from:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Research has suggested that genetics does have a small role to play in the development of fibromyalgia.
If this is the case, it could explain why some people would develop the condition after experiencing a triggering factor like those mentioned above.
What Are The Symptoms?
Those living with this condition can feel frustrated and depressed due to the lack of appreciation by others. This is because fibromyalgia has little to no physical signs to identify with. Here are some common symptoms:
- Sleep issues
- Fatigue – tiredness, lack of energy
- Poor concentration, forgetfulness
- Widespread pain
- Increases sensitivity to the temperature, sound
- Tender joints and muscles
- High levels of stress
Are There Treatment Options Available?
Fibromyalgia is not a grin and bear condition, you do need to speak to your doctor. It can be a difficult condition to manage, everyone’s experience can vary.
Possible treatment options out there are:
- Physical therapy
- An active exercise plan
- Behavior modification therapy
How can the Uccello Kettle Help?
Fibromyalgia can have you feeling down and experiencing pain in your neck, back, arms and hands. Trying to use household items and appliances can be difficult and painful.
With the Uccello Kettle, you won’t need to worry about lifting, or balancing a heavy kettle for your soothing cuppa.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here today.
Feel free to learn more about Fibromyalgia here with Arthritis Ireland
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