Fibromyalgia is similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The most characteristic feature of fibromyalgia is having tender points all over the body. These tender points are referred to as pain bearing points.
Common areas to have pain bearing points are neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. Apply pressure on these points patient has an acute sensation of pain.
Fibromyalgia more commonly affects females as compared to males, although it can start at any age.
Patients present with constant pain or ache all over the body. The constant pulling sensation of different muscles or muscle sprains. Usually described as cramps in muscles after excessive work.
Although the severity of pain differs from patient to patient, a common feature of extreme exhaustion or weakness is present.
Fibromyalgia Causes and Risk Factors
- Fibromyalgia is a disease which affects muscles, tendons, and ligaments all over the body causing pain and fatigue. The exact cause is still unknown, however, there are a lot of trigger factors which may lead to this disease. The common trigger factors are as below.
- These complaints may start after an infection either viral or bacterial.
- Simple accident or injury can be a causative factor. Repetitive injuries is another factor responsible for its development.
- Past history or family history of diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis or hypothyroidism must be ruled out as it is present in many cases.
Commonest presentation is the pain with fatigue and disturbance in sleep.
Pain is present at different parts of the body especially in the muscles which are frequently used. The pain can be described by the patient in different ways like deep muscular aching pain or throbbing/ shooting/ stabbing/ burning pain. Intensity and character of pain vary.
Weakness or Fatigue
Again the level of weakness varies from person to person. In initial stages, it may be a mild fatigue and in long-standing complaints, it may lead to severe lack of energy. It may certainly lead to complete exhaustion of energy where the patient feels incapable of doing small tasks. This stage is described as brain fatigue.
Along with pain and weakness, unrefreshing sleep is a major concern. The patient always feels tired even after long hours of rest.
Another common presentation with the above symptoms is a recurrent headache without any apparent cause.
Apart from the above common symptoms, there are other complaints which may accompany the main symptoms.
Dysmenorrhea or painful periods in females. The complaints of pain and fatigue are increased before menses, also referred to as a premenstrual syndrome.
Atypical chest pain.
The stiffness of joints especially in the morning.
Numbness in hands and legs.
Twitching in muscles.
Homeopathy treatment for Fibromyalgia (fibrositis)
Conventionally treatment is targeted to reduce the pain and improve sleep pattern. This is not the greatest treatment protocol as it may give temporary results.
Although the exact cause is not known but homeopathy is one of the systems of medicine which covers all round symptoms as well as the constitution and tendencies of the patient.
Homeopathy offers excellent and long-term relief in fibromyalgia and it is strongly recommended in all cases at different stages.
It takes into consideration the physical as well as emotional disturbances into account. Emotional stress can be one of the factors which act as a maintaining factor. Once prescribed correctly, it gives maximum benefit.
Homeopathy works at the level of immunity thus improves general health and reduces fatigue. It improves the vitality and increases self-healing capacity of the patients.
The trigger factors are considered at the time of case analysis and prescriptions are based on that.
Homeopathy has an advantage in pain relief as it does not have any side effects. Patients can take homeopathic medicines for longer duration without worrying about side effects. The sensitiveness for pain is reduced thereby giving long-term relief.