What You Can Expect
If you have just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome, you are probably wondering exactly what to expect in your future. What symptoms will you develop? Will the pain get worse? Will you ever completely recover? Unfortunately, there are a lot of questions when it comes to fibromyalgia, and not always the best answers.
The Course of Fibromyalgia
The course fibromyalgia takes depends upon the individual.
Typically, fibromyalgia begins with some minor aches and pains. Gradually, pain will become more pronounced and noticeable. You'll begin to lose some muscle strength and movement, which may affect your mobility. For instance, you may find that you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning or completing your responsibilities at work. You will also begin to notice other fibromyalgia symptoms popping up.
Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to turn up in cycles. You may notice that your symptoms are fine one day and really bad the next. This is known as a fibromyalgia flare. Certain things can trigger flares, like alcohol, overexertion, and insomnia. Over time, you will learn to recognize those things that trigger your flares.
Progress of Symptoms
Luckily, research shows that fibromyalgia symptoms tend to level out over time. This means that your symptoms shouldn't get any worse. However, fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, which means recovery is difficult. You may always have to live with some symptoms. If your health continues to decline or declines quickly, seek appropriate treatment. Sometimes, fibromyalgia can cause associated conditions that may affect your health.
Many fibromyalgia patients wonder if they will have to stay in hospital during their illness. Of course, this is difficult to say, as each patient is different. However, it is highly unlikely you will need to stay in hospital for treatment. Some patients respond poorly to treatment and do require referral to a chronic pain clinic. Most sufferers who receive treatment though, will be able to enjoy their daily lives.