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In Control of my Fibro: Symptoms tracker, pacing advice and notebook for Fibromyalgia warriors

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The UK’s “Getting It Right First Time” programme recommends that management of people with fibromyalgia should centre on primary care. Physiotherapy is a favourable method to help reduce the symptoms that are associated with fibromyalgia. However, it’s recommended that you keep to a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet that is low in saturated fats, sugar and salt, and has plenty of fruit and vegetables. Exercises suitable for those with Fibromyalgia could include walking, cycling, swimming, gentle weight lifting, toning with resistance bands, or anything that can be started off at a low pace and gradually built up as the body becomes stronger and better able to cope with the exercises.

There are also physical therapies, psychological support and complementary therapies that may be helpful. supplement clinical opinion with the Widespread Pain Index (WPI) and Symptom Severity (SS) Scale, while 54.Antidepressants are now recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the first choice of drug treatment for unexplained long-term, widespread pain, such as fibromyalgia. Fibro’ has now become a common label for a whole cohort of young people presenting often with a self-diagnosis and a negative mindset about their future capabilities and sadly a negative engagement with non-drug options.

The drugs may also have significant unpleasant side effects such as constipation, inability to sleep, loss of concentration and skin infections to name a few.The pain is described in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, even skin and it is all over the body and the four limbs. But regular activity, particularly aerobic exercise, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have proven effective for people with disrupted sleep patterns. Both surveys were conducted prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; survey A between 11th September 2019 and 5th January 2020, and survey B between 13th January and 3rd February 2020. Qualitative data from responses to open ended questions were imported into NVivo 12 (QRS International), a computer software package, and coded to capture the essence of the text.

The diagnostic turbulence ([ 33], p2) evident in the accounts above, offers some insight into the number of healthcare professionals referring to other healthcare professionals to make or confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, notably rheumatologists. There have also been signs of increased nerve growth factor and decreased levels of serotonin in fibromyalgia patients. Your doctor may recommend a course of acupuncture from a trained NHS healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist, to help with your pain. Scientists from the University of Texas found that Fibromyalgia sufferers had higher levels of blood sugar than the levels in normal people.The tender point examination is pretty unhelpful once a patient has self-diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

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