If you have fibromyalgia, you know how it affects your daily activities and quality of life. Every day is a struggle with body pain, fatigue, sleep problems and mental distress. Your friends and loved ones, and even your doctor, may not understand how disabling your symptoms are.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four million Americans share your condition – and your concern. You are in good company. But, that does not make living with the pain any easier.
Getting your chronic pain under control is hard. The pain can be constant for a period of time, then get better for a while, only to return again. There is no rhyme or reason to when the pain comes and goes. Your medical disorder is somewhat of a mystery, as you already know. No one knows what causes it, and no one has found a cure. The good news is, there ARE ways to treat and manage the pain and administering painkillers is not necessarily the only choice.
In fact, painkillers could be making your fibromyalgia worse..