Approximately 5 million people in the United States are currently living with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that is difficult to live with because of the pain and fatigue it causes. Although it is a common condition, there’s still a great deal about fibromyalgia that is unknown. May is Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn more about the disease. Because fibromyalgia can be diagnosed at any age, knowing the symptoms can mean getting your senior relative treatment sooner.
More About Fibromyalgia
Doctors don’t know just what causes fibromyalgia, but they think it is the result of different factors combined, including:
- Genetics: Experts believe there is a genetic component to the disease because it often runs in families.
- Infections: There is some evidence to suggest that certain illnesses can trigger fibromyalgia or make it worse.
- Trauma: Some people develop fibromyalgia after experiencing a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Experts believe that emotional stress could have the same effect.
Doctors think that the pain associated with fibromyalgia is caused by changes in the brain. The levels of certain chemicals that help the body sense pain increase. Also, the receptors for those chemicals become more sensitive.
Fibromyalgia is complex and there are many possible symptoms. Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but some common things to watch for are:
- Widespread Pain: Many people describe the pain of fibromyalgia as being a “constant dull ache.” The pain lasts for months and occurs on both sides of the body.
- Fatigue: Fibromyalgia usually causes its sufferers to feel tired, even after a good night’s sleep. They may not sleep well because they are woken up by pain. Many people with fibromyalgia also have other kinds of sleep problems, like sleep apnea.
- Cognitive Problems: Many people with fibromyalgia have what they call “fibro fog.” They have trouble focusing and may have difficulty with mental tasks.
People with fibromyalgia may have other conditions that cause pain, such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Temporomandibular joint disorder(TMJ).
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Senior care can help your aging relative to manage fibromyalgia symptoms. A senior care provider can assist with improving the overall health of the person by cooking healthy meals and encouraging them to be as physically active as they are able. A senior care provider can also remind the older adult to take medications prescribed by the doctor. And, senior care can allow your family member to rest when they are feeling fatigued by taking care of household tasks, like cleaning, laundry, and basic pet care.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN GOODYEAR, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.