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Number of Americans affected by Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a disease which belongs to a set of physical conditions called Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (MSPS). It is the second most common chronic pain related health issue that mainly affects the patient’s bones and muscles.

Fibromyalgia is a state of crippling pain related to a soft tissue, muscle, or tendon in the body, leading to scorching pain and endless agony.

No ultimate cure is still available to treat this disease because of its idiopathic origin. But there are a few pain management measures, including medicines, exercises, and psychological therapy that could be helpful for the patients to cope with their pain.

How many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia?

About 4 million people in the United States are suffering from this condition, which is almost 2 % of the USA adult population. About 70-80 percent of Americans suffering from Fibromyalgia females aged between 20 to 50. The remaining 20-30 percent of patients are men and elderly, irrespective of age. Fibromyalgia can also affect children at their developmental age, and its ratio is between 1-7 percent of the total patients suffering from it.

Women tend to suffer from this disease more than men because of multiple clinical reasons, which include hormonal changes throughout their lives (menstruation, pregnancy, menopause), and increased stress potential due to this hormonal imbalance.

Although medication such as ketamine treatment for fibromyalgia are covered by medical insurance, according to a survey, the patients who use some over-the-counter painkillers or prescribed drugs for pain relief spend from 100-500 dollars per month on these medications.

Although Fibromyalgia is a prevalent chronic pain condition with some core differences but it still remains inexplicable because of its mysterious origin. According to a recent analysis, about 2/3rd of the patients are wrongly diagnosed with fibromyalgia while, in reality, they have some other underlying health problems.

This health problem could be an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, or hypothyroidism. Misdiagnosis could be due to similarity in the symptoms exhibited by the patient.

Fibromyalgia basically has a deep connection with how your brain perceives the pain signals from the body, if you are in pain, the pain sensations will be intensified by your brain.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia

It is a pretty severe problem that affects the entire body. There are some common symptoms observed in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Such as:

  • Inability to sleep peacefully
  • Restlessness or chronic fatigue
  • Severe morning stiffness
  • Increased pain and temperature sensitivity
  • Chronic anxiety or depression 

Causes of fibromyalgia

Researchers believe it could be the byproduct problem of some mental disorder and memory issues. People who suffer from insomnia, chronic fatigue, or some mental health condition tend to suffer from fibromyalgia relatively more than other normal healthy people.

These mental disorders could be due to genetic tendency of the patient or environmental e.g., work induced stress or PTSD.

Some researches and brain imaging also point toward the alterations in the patient’s neural pathways in the brain. These changes in the neural connections could also be the reason behind chronic pain, cognitive problems, and trouble sleeping issues.

How does fibromyalgia affect work and productivity for American diagnosed with it?

Fibromyalgia is a state of debilitating musculoskeletal pain tagged along with other health issues, such as sleeplessness, fatigue, and mental disturbance.

Obviously, you will be unable to perform your best when you constantly suffer from throbbing pain sensations and rely on painkillers to get rid of it.

You will go through difficulties everywhere, whether it is your personal or professional life. Your productivity will decline as your focus shifts from your work to your pain. You won’t be able to complete the assignments in the given time.

If we talk about a fibromyalgia patient’s personal and social life, there will lots of opportunities that he will have to slide due to fear of triggering pain. Whether it is going to parties, hiking with friends, or celebrating New Year’s Eve with grandparents. He will have to cut all physical and social activities to the least minimum to avoid the pain stimulation.

The patients of fibromyalgia are also at more risk to become overweight or obese than an average healthy person. Of course, the reason is a lack of an active lifestyle and avoiding physical activities due to pain.  

Where do Americans with fibromyalgia seek treatment?

It is difficult to get rid of this disease altogether because of multiple reasons, one of the most obvious of which is that we still are unable to find its origin. But its symptoms can be treated and managed with the help of medications, exercises, and self-management strategies.

  • One of the most advanced and high-efficacy method is ketamine therapy for fibromyalgia treatment. In this treatment method, ketamine infusion is injected into your blood in very mild doses. Ketamine acts as a great analgesic when induced in miner dose. Therefore, it helps the patient get relief from the pain. Ketamine works directly on the damaged nerve connections to reform the neural connections, which nips the pain right away. The best thing about ketamine therapy for fibromyalgia is that it has no side effects and alleviates pain for a longer period of time.
  • Some medicines, such as OTC pain relievers and prescribed drugs such as narcotics, can help you manage your symptoms quite stably.
  • Trigger point injections are also helpful in treating FM symptoms. These injections are a combination of local anesthetic and a steroid which help to relax the muscle tension and give relief from pain.
  • We know that mental peace is also necessary to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia. So, the patient could opt for a suitable relaxing exercise routine such as aerobics and yoga, which will help you feel relaxed, and your muscles will also gain strength to fight the pain trigger. These exercises will also help you sleep better.
  • If the patient is suffering from some mental disorder, this is important to treat that as well. Cognitive behavior therapy sessions could be helpful for such patients. It is a kind of talking therapy that will help the patient look at the brighter perspective of life rather than being hopeless.

Contact us:

At Nepenthe Wellness Center we work as a dedicated team to provide best treatment experience to our patients. Here, we will arrange a customized treatment plan to treat your pain which will suit your individual needs, starting with a free consultation at any time you want. You can book your appointment after all the questions you want to ask from our specialist.

For such patients who are unable to visit our clinic due their pain, we also provide at home ketamine treatment. Which will also be designed for patient according to a customized treatment plan after a video consultation with our specialist.

Our main objective is to make sure that you get the best experience of your life with us and get better in no time.

Sources:

  • Fibromyalgia in Children and Teenagers: Symptoms and Treatments. (2010, December 30). WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-in-children-and-teens
  • Muraleetharan, D., Fadich, A., Stephenson, C., & Garney, W. (2018). Understanding the Impact of Fibromyalgia on Men: Findings From a Nationwide Survey. American Journal of Men’s Health, 12(4), 952–960. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988317753242
  • Kovachevska, M. (2022, May 25). 19 Troubling Fibromyalgia Statistics and Facts for 2022. DisturbMeNot! https://disturbmenot.co/fibromyalgia-statistics/