What Impact does Fibromyalgia have on everyday life?
Pain is the most common symptom reported by people with FM. FM pain can be felt in one or more parts of the body. People with FM often find firm pressure painful, especially when applied to soft tissue such as muscles and tendons. A friendly hug or a child’s weight on the thighs can be enough to cause pain.
- Feeling tired and weak
- Disturbed sleep
- Difficulty concentrating (sometimes called “fibro-fog”)
- Memory problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders (constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.)
- Bladder dysfunction
- Excessive sensitivity to noise, light and odors
- Temperature sensitivity
Many people with FM fall into discouragement, which can lead to depression and anxiety. In some cases, symptoms may appear and then disappear or be accentuated by additional stress or even sometimes by weather variations.
In many people, FM occurs gradually, with no apparent cause. In other cases, it appears as a result of illness, trauma, or a stressful or very moving experience. Researchers are still trying to understand what triggers FM and why. Recent studies suggest that in FM, pain signals are poorly transmitted by nerve cells and instead of getting better over time, they get better. It’s a bit like the pain volume knob is turned up; the nervous system is overstimulated, which overloads it. The brain has difficulty understanding these messages, and this results in chronic pain, which is recurrent pain, which persists or is almost constant.
Pain is normally an important safety mechanism for the body, but this is not the case when the person has FM.
Statistically, it appears that Fibromyalgia generates a very significant handicap for approximately 30% of the patients. Its impact is felt in the acts of daily, social and professional life: many lose their jobs and can no longer keep themselves in any job.
Not to mention the psychological impact of fibromyalgia which very often leads to social and professional isolation and which plunges sick people into precariousness.
Physical activity is a very important key to treating FM. Teaching and active participation as well as emphasizing that “physical activity is not dangerous” should be the cornerstone of treatment.
Most sufferers have as a first reflex to move as little as possible while hoping to feel as little pain as possible. The less the person exercises, the more sore, stiff, stiff and aching the muscles will be. It is therefore recommended that you exercise to improve your physical condition.
Success lies in respecting your limits and your perseverance in training. The goal is to do it regularly, gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your exercise sessions, and doing them when you are in top shape during the day. A minute of walking (a distance of 50 feet) may be the most you can do, but do it, even if the distance seems ridiculous. It is consistency and persistence that will help you build endurance over time. New science says the benefits of as little as 10 minutes of physical activity, three times a day, for a total of thirty minutes a day. It’s a goal that everyone could reach without too much difficulty after a month or two. See the Activities section.