What is Fibromyalgia?
Web MD describes fibromyalgia as: “A syndrome is a set of symptoms. When they exist together, they imply the presence of a specific disease or a greater chance of developing the disease.” With fibromyalgia syndrome, the following symptoms commonly occur together:
- Anxiety or depression
- Decreased pain threshold or tender points
- Debilitating exhaustion
- Widespread pain
How do Doctors Diagnose Fibromyalgia?
There are no lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. Your doctor may run other tests to rule out more serious illnesses. He/she will check your blood glucose levels; check your thyroid for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). They both have the same symptoms.
How Can Massage Help You?
Massage is one way to break the vicious circle. Massage puts the body into a “rest and digest” response that allows it to repair and renew itself. Breathing becomes deep. Heart rate slows. Pain decreases. Anxiety loses its hold. It also helps relieve the pain of tender points, muscles spasms, and tense muscles.
Having a regularly scheduled bedtime is also important. Sleep is essential to let the body repair itself.
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My suga-daddy Papa Dukes (he is going to frown at me for calling him suga-daddy in my blog) suffers from fibromyalgia pain due to his diabetes and neuropathy in his feet. I know the effects it has on the sufferer and I know the effect it has on the family. Like cancer, pain affects the entire family.
PLEASE NOTE: Therapeutic massage does not treat, heal, prescribe, or cure anything. It is complementary healthcare, not a substitute for a medical doctor. As always, before you receive a massage, please check with your family doctor to get the all clear. You can schedule via my online scheduling option book now button on the right hand side of the website. I’m looking forward to meeting you.