Fibro, ADHD, CFS, and Beyond.

For many of us, the road to health is paved with multiple diagnoses. I will provide info on some of mine, (and I’m sure some of yours,) here:

Fibromyalgia

According to the Mayo Clinic, and other sources, Fibromyalgia is characterized by “widespread musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.”

The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, however, some speculate that stress, genetics, hormonal disturbances, or a combination of these may be factors. Women are more likely to have fibromyalgia then men.

According to WebMD, possible risk factors include:

  • gender (usually female)
  • genetic disposition (may be inherited)
  • menopause (loss of estrogen)
  • poor physical conditioning
    surgery
  • trauma to the brain or spinal cord (after an injury, accident, illness, or emotional stress)

Whatever the cause, fibromyalgia is a serious illness, that can lead to many health issues. Talking to your doctor, and creating a treatment plan is very important. Everyone with fibromyalgia is different, a treatment that works very well for one, may not help you at all, do not be afraid to try new treatments. (Nutrition, Natural supplement protocols, acupuncture, and others.)

Adult ADHD

Every adult who has ADHD, had it as a child, whether they knew it or not. Some outgrow it, but for some, it follows them into adulthood.

  • If you have adult ADHD, you may find it hard to:
    • Follow directions
    • Remember information
    • Concentrate
    • Organize tasks
    • Finish work on time

Adult ADHD may cause many problems, whether at school, at work, or at home. Treatment is key, and may include medication, therapy, or symptom management techniques. Again, everyone is different, and what works for one, may not work for another. Honest communication with your doctor(s) is very important.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, is a complicated disorder. There is no known cause, test, or specific treatment.

  • Some symptoms of CFS are:
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of memory or concentration
    • Sore throat
    • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
    • Unexplained muscle pain
    • Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
    • Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
    • Unrefreshing sleep
    • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

There is no known cause for CFS, although some believe that viral infections, immune system problems, and hormonal imbalances, could be factors. As with Fibromyalgia, women are at greater risk for developing CFS.

  • Factors that may increase your risk of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
    • Age. Chronic fatigue syndrome can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s.
    • Sex. Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men, but it may be that women are simply more likely to report their symptoms to a doctor.
    • Stress. Difficulty managing stress may contribute to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.

As with any illness, speaking with your doctor honestly, will help in diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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