Fibromyalgia update: Memory problems, fibromyalgia treatment, peripheral neuropathy, heart disease

By: Bel Marra Health | Immune System | Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 05:00 AM

fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic pain and affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States. We at Bel Marra feel this debilitating condition is very concerning and want to provide more information on the subject. You will find articles detailing the condition and its relation to memory problems, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, and even heart disease. We have also provided the most common fibromyalgia treatments used today.

Most women with fibromyalgia suffer from memory and concentration problems: Study

A Spanish study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology states that most women with fibromyalgia say they have memory problems and can’t concentrate, and the majority also suffer from anxiety and depression.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory, and mood issues. Researchers believe that this condition amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. The condition tends to affect women more than it does men. Patients commonly have cognitive complaints, but doctors aren’t clear whether this is because of cognitive dysfunction or if clinical depression is the cause. Continue reading…

Fibromyalgia treatmentFibromyalgia treatment: How music therapy can reduce fibromyalgia pain, depression, anxiety, and improve sleep

In fibromyalgia patients, music therapy can reduce pain, depression, anxiety, and improve sleep. The findings come from researchers at the University of Granada who found that music therapy combined with relaxation techniques can help improve many areas in the lives of fibromyalgia patients. With improved depression, anxiety, sleep, and reduced pain, a patient’s quality of life can greatly improve.

Study participants were fibromyalgia patients from Spain who underwent a basal test prior to treatment, a post-basal test four weeks after the treatment, and another one eight weeks after the treatment. Continue reading…

Fibromyalgia vs. peripheral neuropathyFibromyalgia vs. peripheral neuropathy: Causes, symptoms, risk factors, and complications

Fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy are two conditions that affect the central nervous system, resulting in pain. Aside from muscle pain, fibromyalgia also involves sleep disturbance, mood changes, and memory issues. It is believed to be caused by a physical trauma or psychological stress, but the exact cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other conditions, such as anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression.

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage caused to the peripheral nerves, resulting in weakness and numbness. Peripheral neuropathy commonly occurs in the feet or hands. Continue reading…

Fibromyalgia may raise osteoporosisFibromyalgia may raise osteoporosis risk

Fibromyalgia may raise the risk of osteoporosis. A condition characterized by widespread pain, fibromyalgia can result in limited mobility and lack of sunlight exposure – factors that increase the likelihood of osteoporosis in a patient.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by the loss of bone mass. Factors that contribute to bone strength include exercising, eating calcium-rich foods, and getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, which is easily absorbed through sun exposure.
In the latest study, researchers evaluated vitamin D serum levels and bone mineral density in female fibromyalgia patients and healthy women. Continue reading…

Fibromyalgia associated with coronary heart disease and stroke riskFibromyalgia associated with coronary heart disease and stroke risk: Study

Fibromyalgia is associated with the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, according to research. The researchers arrived at this conclusion by comparing fibromyalgia patients to individuals without the condition.

In fibromyalgia – a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain – patients may also experience heart palpitations, chest pains, and heartburn. Unfortunately, these symptoms often go overlooked, especially if there is no current or past history of heart problems. The researchers in Taiwan have found that fibromyalgia patients have a higher risk of heart disease based on information from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database. Continue reading…

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