Fibromyalgia presents with symptoms of chronic diffuse muscle and joint pain, poor sleep, and fatigue. Some patients also describe stomach ailments and have history of headaches. The symptoms may often be vague, but can be debilitating to patients with it.
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, as there is no one test to confirm it. However, after more serious conditions have been ruled out, usually by taking a good history and physical exam, an expert in fibromyalgia can confidently diagnose this condition.
While there are a number of different medications which are used in the treatment of fibromyalgia, a more conservative approach should be tried first, including: excercise, sleep hygiene & education.
A slow but progressive increase in aerobic exercise (Examples: swimming, walking) can be very helpful. While the results are not immediate, exercise can reduce pain, and improve everyday functional mobility and quality of life.
Good sleep hygiene remains important. If there are any medical conditions disturbing your sleep, it is important to discuss these with your dcotor. Otherwise, it is important to have a regular time to go to sleep, a comfortable bed and no regular disturbances.
Education is equally important. Speak to your physician about fibromyalgia education programs in your area.