Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Is Fibromyalgia a Degenerative Disease?

I am still alive and kicking, well, not kicking as I am still dealing with this sprained foot. I have never sprained anything before and had no idea it takes so darn long to heal. I so miss my walking every night and it has taken a toll on my fibromyalgia.

Walking has been my only real form of exercise as using the pool has a tendency to make me very sore because it's hard to determine if you are over doing it. Now that I can't make my jaunt around the neighborhood I can feel the weight gaining up on me and I am much more creaky and cranky.

It has been difficult to sit here at my desk and work on the computer because I can't prop up the foot and it just throbs with all the blood going down to it, so I haven't been posting much or promoting my mosaic shop.

I did read an article the other day and so wish I had saved it as it lumped fibromyalgia in with other degenerative diseases such as lupus, diabetes, CFS and others that don't come to mind at the moment. But I was left thinking how odd that was as I never thought of fibro as being a degenerative illness. It supposedly never gets worse as time goes by like the other diseases, so why would it have been added to this list.

If fibromyalgia is the pain sensors malfunctioning telling us we are hurting and the muscles aren't really sore or stretched or whatever, how can it be degenerative? It isn't really happening physically, is it?? OK, time to do more research.

I know that if I do excessive vacuuming or pruning my trees or anything that uses parts of my body that I don't normally use on a daily basis my brain tells me I just ran a marathon, but my muscles aren't really overused, just that my brain thinks they are. Now, I do know that if the brain is telling you something that it does affect your body, but this is a bit confusing to me.

I will check this out and get back to you.

Until next time :)

5 comments:

Crafty Debbee said...

Living,
I agree?! Ihave heard fibromyalgia being lumped in with degenerative diseases. It is very confusing. I have fibro and I feel that if I don't stay active it progressivly gets worse. Is that why they are say it is degenertive? I know there are so many thoughts on the causes and treatment for fibro so I think we need more research. I am hopeful at this point in my disease but as we all know that may change tomorrow. I wish you well and love reading your blog.
Gentle Hugs!
Debbee

Lori said...

Is it a degenerative disease, or do those of us who suffer from it also have OTHER degenerative diseases? A low impact consistent exercise routine certainly makes you feel better--but is it just the physical act and getting out, or true relief of the fibro? I and my sisters all have osteoarthritis too, so not sure what can be attributed to the fibrio and what to osteo. And I'm hoping for some good days soon, as lately hasn't been much fun!! I wanted to do the Easter cupcake thing with you!

Judloved said...
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Judloved said...

The fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by severe pain that occurs throughout the body. I recommend taking Vicodin which is a potent analgesic that relieves all types of pain, as indicated Findrxonline.

Amy Talbott said...

I have been living with Fibromyalgia for 11 years now, and I am seeing my abilities decline over time. I am less able to process excessive stimulation than I was even 5 years ago. I believe that it is degenerative, but I really don't think that is what the literature says. I find it discouraging and frustrating. If you learn more I would love to know.