Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Do you ache all over and have difficulty sleeping? You may be suffering from Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition of inflamed muscles and tendons. Although patients with the disorder may fear that they are developing arthritis, the disease actually does not affect the joints.

Estimates are that as many as 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Still other experts think the numbers are greater with perhaps as many as 1 in 20 Americans having this condition. Some rheumatologists say that fibromyalgia is the most common condition seen in their practices, especially among women younger than 50.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by tender muscle groups in all main areas of the body. It especially affects the muscle groups that support the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. Other conditions are often associated with fibromyalgia. These include: a high level of tension and stress, sleep disturbance, pre-menstrual syndrome, sensitivity to cold temperatures, spastic colon, and headaches.

Fibromyalgia is not life threatening and does not cause any permanent destruction to body tissues. Nonetheless, it can cause long term problems including a dramatic drop in ones' energy level.

Fortunately, some simple steps can go a long way to help patients deal with the disease and make improvement. Some of the goals in fibromyalgia treatment are as follows:

  1. Improve restorative sleep: Avoid or deal with factors that are known to interfere with what is called stage 4 sleep. These "restorative sleep robbers" include: alcohol, family factors, noise, pain, sleep apnea and stress.
  2. Treat anxiety and relax muscles. Drug medication is not necessary to reach these goals. Consider massage, sedative baths, stretching exercises, and stress management.
  3. Correct misuse of muscles: learn proper body posture at rest and proper body mechanics for activities. Aerobic conditioning is usually helpful if started gradually.

The Pain of Fibrositis

Fibrositis, Fibromyalgia or Myofascial Pain syndrome is a painful muscle condition that was first identified in the early 1900's. Very little attention has been given this disorder. In fact, until recently Fibrositis was dismissed by many health care practitioners as minor rheumatism. However, the pain and stiffness of Fibrositis affects millions of Americans, and to date there is no known cause or cure.

The symptoms of Fibrositis generally first develop between the ages of 20 and 30 and may come and go in cycles. The sharp stabbing pains associated wiht this condition often appear in the neck, in the head and in the shoulder blades and arms. The pain may also be felt in the chest muscles and lower back, and sometimes in the jaw. Fibrositis may also result in dull aches in the thighs, hips and shoulder muscles.

Living with Fibrositis

Living with the pain of Fibrositis can be difficult. Medications, physical therapy, massage and other traditional treatments have all proved ineffective in providing any longterm relief.

The condition is commonly aggravated by a number of factors, including emotional stress, fatigue, unaccustomed exertion and even damp and cold weather. There is also growing evidence that Fibrositis is hereditary and, therefore, passed on from generation to generation.

Because there is no cure, the first step toward dealing with Fibrositis is developing a positive attitude and learning how to modify activity and adjust to the condition.

Your, "Fibro Unit", Area

Complete details for you to have a, "Fibro Unit, " in your community have been approved. Very strict guidelines are established for you to save the cost of incorporating and to have a non-profit, donation, deductible tax status by using USA Fibrositis Association E.I. Number. If you have twenty individuals intersted in signing an application, please forward to this office for details and potential approval.

"Fibro Units," may be helped by including their programs in the regular mailing with a minimum mailing cost. All unit members would be on the master mailing list.

Marketing materials can carry "Unit" return card address. Standard forms furnished at a minimal cost.

Your Unit or Support Group is to operate entirely on your own ideas, providing these programs do not interfere with the non-profit status, and conform to the amended regulations for "Fibro Units," of USA Fibrositis Association.

Fibrositis and You

The USA Fibrositis Association is well known around the world. It has become a national clearinghouse for any hospital, health care professional or individual looking for detailed information on Fibrositis. The success of this important organization is dependent exclusively on the efforts of dedicated volunteers, as well as tax deductible contributions. The Newsletter is received throughout the free world.

Much more can be done to provide the essential information and support to those suffering from Fibrositis. If you would like more information please write or call us at the numbers provided here :

USA Fibromyalgia Association
For more information, or to make a donation:
WRITE: USA Fibromyalgia Association
Box 1483
Dublin, OH 43017
USA
or CALL [leave a short message please]
614-851-9177

The USA Fibrositis Association is well known around the world. It has become a national clearinghouse for any hospital, health care professional or individual looking for detailed information on Fibrositis. The success of this important organization is dependent exclusively on the efforts of dedicated volunteers, as well as tax deductible contributions. The Newsletter is received throughout the free world.

For additional information on fibromyalgia and related conditions, go to:

http://www.hsc.missouri.edu/med_info/fibromyalgia/docs/fibro.html The Fibromyalgia Resource Center

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