Do you suffer from fibrositis? Help is at hand

Regular rest and massage with a pain relieving cream can help control the symptoms of fibrositis. We outline some simple measures.

Fibrositis is nothing but an inflammation in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. It causes intense pain in the affected areas and can even affect your mobility.

Though the exact cause of the disorder is not known, there are many risk factors that can exacerbate the condition. Some people have a genetic disposition to it, brought on by an autoimmune disorder. Others might suffer from it if they are prone to injuries to the muscle, or do not exercise adequately. Other risk factors include a poor diet, erratic or less sleep, change in weather conditions (cold or humid weather can cause pain), overwork, sedentary lifestyle, stress and even viral infections.

Often, doctors advise different methods of pain management, or a course of painkillers if the pain is severe.

The symptoms of fibrositis

It is easy to confuse fibrositis with normal body pain brought on by fatigue, injury or overwork. However, fibrositis is much more painful and it primarily affects the muscles, bones, tendons and major joints in the body. The symptoms of fibrositis include pain that is intense and which is constant. It recedes for a while before coming back in ‘waves’.

The pain can come on suddenly with painful spasms in the muscles. Those suffering from the disorder also report a frequent feeling of fatigue, and of having difficulty sleeping.

The symptoms of fibrositis are easy to find, since they are normally associated with pain in the muscular regions of the shoulders, neck, chest, back, arms, hips and thighs. Fibrositis normally hits people who are aged 30 years and above, and it is normally seen more in women than men. Menopausal women are more prone to it, if they already exhibit the risk factors listed above. There is no way to predict if fibrositis will hit one person before it hits another.

Though it is not life-threatening, it can make you uncomfortable and even restrict mobility for a while.

How to deal with fibrositis

Since there is no known cure for the disorder, daily pain management can help to reduce the intensity of the pain and its spread. In most cases, daily medication is not required but daily management to manage the fibrositis symptoms can help. If you suffer from the disorder, try these measures:

·        Massage the painful area gently once a day using a good pain relieving cream. The cream must penetrate deep into the painful tissues and muscles, so that it can alleviate the pain and remove it.

·     Take a hot water bath with a shower jet at least once a day. Concentrate the shower jet on the painful area to relieve the pain.

·       In severe cases, doctors may prescribe cortisone injections to the painful areas, as also OTC painkillers to ease the pain.

·         Meditation and moderate amounts of exercise to relieve stress can also help.

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