What is juvenile fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder where there is pain in the muscles and bones in different parts of the body including the joints. The cause of this condition is unknown. An area in the body is painful to touch and women are more susceptible to this kind of condition than men. It can also occur in children and adolescents, mostly girls between the ages 13 and 15 years old.
The symptoms start after physical trauma, surgery, infection or some psychological stress. If you want to learn how to manage the symptoms of this condition, click here.
In children with fibromyalgia, the following can be observed:
- An endless, dull ache that has been occurring for the last three months. The pain occurs on both sides of the body, above and below the waist.
- Frequent attack of headaches
- Children with this condition usually take up to an hour or more to fall asleep. Once when they fall asleep, they will still have difficulty maintaining sleep and has the tendency to wake up during the night.
- People with fibromyalgia sometimes awakes feeling tired, even when sleeping for a long periods of time. Sleeping is disrupted by pain, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.
- People suffer pain or cramping in the lower abdomen and a cognitive impairment such as a feeling being in a “fog”.
- People with this condition experiences depression and anxiety.
Fibromyalgia is hereditary and tends to run in families and there are certain genetic mutations that make an individual more susceptible to acquire this disease.
Some illness can also cause fibromyalgia. Post-traumatic stress disorder has also been known to cause fibromyalgia.
Treatment and home remedies
- Plan activities to be avoided or will limit the overexertion and emotional stress while allowing the person time to relax. Do not change the daily routine. Those who quit their job and end activities engaged in tend to become worse than those who are still active. The individual should engage in some deep breathing exercises or meditation.
- Get enough sleep because fatigue is the main characteristic of fibromyalgia. A person who has fibromyalgia should practice good sleeping habits such as going to sleep and waking up in the same time every day and limiting taking snacks during daytime.
- Doing exercises regularly minimizes the symptoms such as swimming, walking, and biking and water aerobics. Observing proper stretching, good posture and performing relaxation exercises can also help.
- Keep the activities in moderation by not overdoing activities in the normal days but also limiting or doing minimal activity when the symptoms flare up.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy food and avoiding caffeine.
Measures that can help reduce stress and pain
- Yoga and Tai chi – combines meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation. They are helpful in minimizing the symptoms fibromyalgia.
- Massage therapy – one of the oldest methods being practiced until today. It uses different manipulation techniques in moving the muscles and soft tissues in the body. Massage helps in reducing the heart rate, improving range of motion, relaxing the muscles and also relieve stress and anxiety.