Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Coping & Treatment Strategies for ME/FMS

We must all try to understand the concept of this illness and work hard to get better by doing the following:

1). Eliminate your particular physical and psychological stress factors, whether they are physical or psychological.

2). Try not to misuse your body on a tolerable day. Learn to pace yourself.

3). Figure out which forms of exercise don’t provoke your symptoms or make you feel worse. Prevent muscles from weakening by doing regular activities such as stretching and walking.

4). Try at least two or three of the anti-depressant drugs available in the market today. Educate yourself on the ramifications of taking these medications and talk to your doctor.
These drugs act upon different neurotransmitter receptors in the body, what works for you may not work for someone else. You should try the drug in low doses and give it at least three weeks to determine whether it is working. It is crucial that you don't over-exert yourself.

The main thing to remember is that FMS and CFS are NOT stress disorders. We have generalized pain, fatigue, stiffness and morning fatigue, along with other symptoms. Pain is not the only symptom which is prominent in patients with this disorder.

Yes, most of us get worse after any form of physical or psychological stress. The worsening of symptoms typically occurs 24 to 48 hours after any sudden form of exertion. It is so important that doctors and the medical community realize that the clinical features they see are not always the most important thing.

It really disturbs me that many doctors and journals (literature), reports have equated FMS/CFS (ME/CFS) with labels of depression-like disorders. Those terms are used too commonly with too little after thought.

Sure, patients may fight periods of depression or feel down in the dumps, but that is not to say that FMS or CFS is just another form of depression. If you suffer from depression, you should not be made to feel badly about it by either your family or the medical community. The main thing is to seek help and don't let anyone blame you for feeling blue.

This disorder can occur at any age, and it is historically a problem for young people who have this disorder to be told that they have some emotional thing going on.

I ask that you seek help and don’t let anyone blame you for feeling blue.

I hope and pray this information has helped someone today.

Fibro Viv

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