Fibromyalgia is a widespread painful condition that is often diagnosed in the late teens and early 20’s, but does not show prejudice to this age group, and is more often found in women than in men. For those who get the symptoms early on, treatment could greatly affect pregnancy, delivery, breast-feeding, and child rearing. Furthermore, the chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia could make raising and caring for babies and children quite difficult and take away much of the joy that comes with rearing children. This is not even to mention what it does to a marriage or partnership. The additional strain of being unable to be intimate because of pain and anxiety will make home life that much more difficult and stressful, thereby making symptoms even worse.
Balancing a condition like fibromyalgia in younger years while trying to raise a family is a difficult task, but not impossible. There are thousands of women who are dealing with it now and plenty of support out there. There are naturopathic practitioners available all over the world to provide phone consultations and guidance, as well as in-office visits and treatment recommendations. Modern medicine doctors may tell you “it’s in your head,” but functional medicine doctors like me know better. Don’t be afraid to reach out.
Unfortunately, there is no cure as of yet for fibromyalgia, but there are natural and alternative treatments to help ease symptoms and make it easier to cope and live more actively. It’s not about treating one symptom first, but about treating all of them together in a combination of an entire lifestyle regimen. The most significant changes to be made will include:
- Dietary restrictions and additions that take out trigger foods and add herbs and vitamin-rich ingredients that have been found beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.
- Special vitamin and mineral supplementation that will help the body restore to a more comfortable state of functioning. This may include higher doses of vitamin C, magnesium, 5-HTP, and melatonin to name just a few.
- Stretching and regular exercises that focus on relieving tension and releasing the “feel good” hormones in the brain. Also, utilizing meditation techniques to help relieve stress, especially at the end of a busy and chaotic day, will be greatly helpful.
- Getting into a normal sleep pattern so that there is less daytime fatigue. Fatigue takes away from focus, and focus is needed to stay on track with an effective fibromyalgia regimen.
- Learning alternative strategies. If you can’t make a play date at a park because the pain is too much to drive, invite them over to your house for a play date and picnic. Most parents are understanding, supportive, and responsive, especially since many will likely know someone with your condition, or have it themselves.
The bottom line is that it will take work and understanding the condition in order to ensure it does not take over your life. You don’t need to do it alone.
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