Finding Relief from Fibromyalgia.
Do you feel like you’ve been run over by a bus? This is how people with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms in an effort to illustrate how painful and debilitating it can be. Fibromyalgia is one of the invisible diseases, a condition that has no outward signs and no definitive method of diagnosis. Much like depression (with which it’s often associated), you can’t tell someone has fibromyalgia just by looking at them; and getting the right diagnosis can be a lengthy process. These factors exacerbate the effects of fibromyalgia and often make people feel even worse, which is why an expert assessment is so important if you’re experiencing symptoms.
Understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD/CRPS) and its Treatment.
If you’ve ever injured your arm or leg, you’ll be familiar with the sharp, often agonizing pain of the initial damage, which then becomes more of a burning sensation. The two kinds of pain originate from separate parts of your nervous system; the sharp pain from the fast pain fibers, and then the burning pain from the sympathetic nerve fibers. As the initial pain starts to ease and healing begins, the injury will be tender and feel bruised, but the initial sharp and burning pain should subside. If the burning sensation carries on, however, it could be due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).