The second most common question asked of people living with fibromyalgia (or any chronic invisible disease) next to What is fibromyalgia ? What is a fibromyalgia outbreak?
If you know someone who lives with this disease, you have probably heard that they say one time or another that they are going through an “outbreak”. Trying to express what you mean by “flash” is perhaps one of the hardest things to do, especially since the “flashes” look very different to each person.
Surprisingly, trying to explain an outbreak is as difficult as trying to understand an outbreak and that is why many of us who live with the disease avoid talking fully about our symptoms.
However, education, awareness and knowledge are important when it comes to any chronic, fibromyalgia or other disease, and it is only through the explanation that help all people understand the true ubiquitous nature of invisible diseases all chronic and help to understand better the way we live. each day.
It is only through the explanation that we help all people understand the truly omnipresent nature of chronic invisible diseases and help everyone better understand what we are living day after day.
In short, “talking about our illness is the only way we can get support, empathy and understanding that we need caregivers, health professionals, family members and the general public.
That said, the article below (taken from Arthritis.org) provides the simplest and most concise explanation of the “green shoots” of fibromyalgia and I hope everyone who reads can understand a little better what we experience each of these We live with diseases chronic diseases. and every day.
What is a fibromyalgia flare courtesy of Arthritis.org?
While a person with fibromyalgia may experience some symptoms regularly, when the symptoms worsen or occur more frequently over a period of time, called outbreak.
“An outbreak is worsening or exacerbation of the symptoms that already exist,” says Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Patients use different timing for what they consider to be an outbreak, but they are usually days or weeks of worsening of symptoms. Anything less is considered a normal epilation and a decrease in symptoms that a person with fibromyalgia can expect. “
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Generalized muscle pain
- Fatigue that makes it difficult to perform daily activities.
- Stiffness, especially in the morning or after a long period of inactivity.
- Cognitive difficulties, also known as nevus fibrosis, which include problems of memory, concentration and organization
- Emotional problems such as anxiety, sadness or depression.
- Problems sleeping, such as taking a long time to fall or sleep, wake up or wake up frequently and still do not feel rested
While these are common symptoms among people with fibromyalgia, they all experience outbreaks differently.
“People with fibromyalgia do not all experience outbreaks in the same way,” says Dr. Clauw. “A good way to explain is that every person with fibromyalgia has their Achilles heel, their” thing “that really causes them problems. When your fibromyalgia gets worse, this particular thing gets pretty bad. “
The predominant symptoms of a person during an outbreak may change over time.
Triggers for Fibromyalgia
One of the best ways to prevent an outbreak is to determine what might be causing it in the first place. These causes are called triggers. Like the symptoms, fibromyalgia triggers vary from person to person, but may include:
- Physical or psychological stress
- Climate and weather changes
- Hormonal changes
- Travel and / or schedule changes.
- Changes in treatment
- Sleeping bad
“We know that any type of stress, not only psychological but also physical, immune or anything that disrupts the body’s normal routine, can trigger an outbreak,” says Dr. Clauw. “Anything from a car accident to surgery or another stressful life event can cause a worsening of symptoms. Rashes can also be caused by behavioral triggers, such as not sleeping well, interrupting exercise suddenly, or exaggerating activity. “
Some flames are inevitable and certain triggers are beyond your control. You can try to identify what aggravates your fibromyalgia symptoms by keeping track of your activities, what you eat, how you sleep and how all these factors influence your symptoms. After registering these factors for several weeks, you may see a pattern. This will help you learn how to better manage the inputs that can trigger a flash.