Fibromyalgia: a silent problem that attacks all types of population
It is hard for people with a physical condition that is not perceivable to deal with emotions, taking into account fibromyalgia is a disease that is usually not understood by many people because not many are aware of it and its effects.
However, one of the most important things people should do in order to overcome this condition is to accept they have it and how negative emotions and stress can make way difficult for people dealing with day to day activities. Things can be especially tough when relatives and people that are close to the individual suffering from fibromyalgia do not believe they suffer from a chronic condition.
The problem is not gender specific
Although fibromyalgia is a chronic disease mostly suffered by women, researches have shown that at least 5 million men suffer from this condition in the world. Men suffering from this condition see a lack of strength in general, drowsiness and inability to do things that they used to do easily before. From all people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, only a small amount (10%) are men, and this is the main reason this chronic disease is regarded as a problem only women present.
For this reason, men diagnosed with fibromyalgia are regarded as weak and finding support is a very difficult task for them. Most groups supporting people with fibromyalgia are led by women and sometimes they don’t believe a man can suffer from this condition.
How to help people with fibromyalgia
There are many things you can do if you have friends or relatives with fibromyalgia there are some things you can do in order to help them with the condition. Although in many cases gifts for people with health conditions are usually expensive and very specific, there are some cases that allow you to gift people something helpful that will not cost a fortune; and fibromyalgia is one of those conditions.
However, there are some tips that can be taken into account when you are with someone that has fibromyalgia, there are some things that you can do to save them pain and fatigue, and these are some of them:
- Try not to make them walk for too long. Being realistic about distances is a very good idea so they can measure their capabilities of walking for such a long time.
- Let them know they can count on you and that will support them.
- Research different ways to help them with the condition or at least avoid doing things that can harm them.
- Try to cheer them up, it is very important to have emotional support, making their daily routine be full of stuff that can make them forget pain.
However, there are some items and tools that can be helpful for people with fibromyalgia and they are usually cheaper than actual gifts you would give a relative or friend during their birthday for example.
Comfortable bedding: bed is an impressively important place for anyone, but even more for people with this condition. It has a direct impact in someone’s back and for someone with fibromyalgia even more; bad bedding can cause chronic backaches. Comfortable sheets, a great set of blankets, pillows and anything related to bedding that is comfortable enough is an excellent option for a proper gift.
Pill organizers: it is not a secret that people with chronic conditions have to take a lot of medications prescribed by their physicians in order to control their symptoms. Natural medication, painkillers, vitamins, supplements, proteins, and even more pills to counter the side effects of taking pills for the condition. That leads to a considerable amount of pills that can be a little confusing. A pill organizer can be a very helpful item for them to save their pills in a practical way. If you think it is too simple you can be a little more creative and customise them with some painting or stickers.
A tablet stand: among the activities people with fibromyalgia do in order to forget about their condition and its symptoms, binge-watching TV shows is one of the most popular ones. A tablet stand is an excellent way to have position their tablet in a way their neck will not hurt.
Delicious food, snacks and ice-cream are also great gifts for people with fibromyalgia so they can eat something during those long routines of binge-watching TV shows.
Hiring a housekeeper: chores can be a real pain (literally) for people with this condition. Having to lean over the floor or over furniture to do proper cleaning can cause a lot of tension in the back and the hips. Therefore, hiring a housekeeper that can take care of it while your relative or your friend rest is an excellent idea.
However, you may be in the place of being relative or friends with someone that is very picky with their cleaning and will never let someone else clean their personal space. In that case, a cleaning supply cart is the most suitable option. Being in pain and having a limited energy level are some of the issues people with fibromyalgia have to deal with on a daily basis, a rolling cart where they can store their supplies and drag them around the area they want to clean can save a lot of effort.
Some sessions with a chiropractor: massages are excellent for people with fibromyalgia because they release tension from back muscles and pain as well. Treatments such as the ones given by chiropractors for the upper cervical can have excellent results, lesser pain and make people with fibromyalgia feel way better. Paying some sessions for your relative or friend is an excellent idea.
It is very important to visit a doctor when someone is suffering or suspects that is suffering from fibromyalgia, here at Parkwood Green Medical you can be sure you’ll be with qualified professionals with years of experience in the healthcare area who use top quality equipment with innovative technology to make diagnosis and treatment with a high level of proficiency.