By: Jaime Blanson
Characterized by overwhelming musculoskeletal pain, Fibromyalgia is a disorder that many know little about. This disorder is often a result of genetics or infections. Fibromyalgia is frequently linked to certain genetic mutations that run in families. These mutations can cause a person to be more prone to developing the disorder. Indicators of the disorder at times begin after a physical ordeal, operation, contamination or substantial mental strain. At other times, signs of Fibromyalgia progressively manifest without a warning sign. Suffers of the disorder are regularly experience problems with exhaustion, sleep, memory and behavior.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. One such woman is Helen. Though, her disorder went through a remarkable eleven year remission, she still has had to endure the pain of Fibromyalgia for the majority of her life. During this medically-astounding period, Helen was able to live a full life. She was able to begin a successful career in healthcare, connect with the love of her life, and still find the time to become an ultra-marathoner. Sadly, her FMS symptoms began to reoccur in 2013. Her daily regime of pills, painkillers, and medicine is enough to make even a pharmacist dizzy, but Helen continues to soldier on with the aid of an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, and friends and family. Now in her 40’s and living on disability, Helen looks appreciatively at the eleven years she spent free of this terrible disorder.
Helen describes FMS in one word, “cruel.” This seems to be befitting of the disorder for which there is no known cure. Although, a range of medicines and treatments can offer some relief and respite from the painful symptoms. Additionally, exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction has also been proven to lessen the pain experienced by sufferers.
By: Jaime Blanson