Chronic Muscle Pain
Unfortunately no one is immune to muscle pain. It is quite simply a fact of life. Your arm and shoulder muscles ache after shoveling the driveway or stacking a pile of wood. Your lower back muscles and hamstrings are sore and tender after a long hike in the woods. Your neck muscles can get sore after sleeping awkwardly. This type of muscle pain is a fact of life and really isn’t a lot of fun. In addition to this activity and daily life-related muscle pain, some of you are also suffering from chronic muscle pain. Chronic muscle pain can be very debilitating. It can force you stay in bed, to pass up on your weekly hockey game and could even force you to give up on your career or spending time playing with your kids. This is the kind of pain that can eat away at you and make it uncomfortable to do anything. For some folks suffering from chronic muscle pain, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook and maintain belief that the pain will eventually subside. Perhaps one of the hardest aspects of dealing with this type of muscle pain is in gaining the understanding of your healthcare professionals and family members. Sometimes you will actually look really healthy but underneath the smiling face and regular routine that you are struggling through, your lower back is so inflamed and sore that it hurts to breathe, sit, stand, walk, lie down or drive. This is chronic pain and we want you to know that you don’t need to suffer in silence. More and more doctors and other healthcare professionals are beginning to realize that it is important to treat and manage pain. Often this chronic muscle pain can be sign of bigger problems in your body and shouldn’t be ignored. Fibromyalgia: this is a chronic condition that is characterized by widespread muscle and skeletal pain, fatigue and localized tenderness. Those with chronic muscle pain could be experiencing the early onset of Fibromyalgia. There are no known cures for this central nervous system disorder but with the use of diet, exercise, and proven natural supplements those suffering from it can find relief from muscle pain, fatigue and other symptoms. Many people respond well to reducing the inflammation in their bodies - this can be done with careful attention to diet, the reduction of chemical and toxin exposure and through using supplements that help to reduce inflammation levels and provide a detoxifying effect. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: those of you suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are likely feeling completely exhausted along with dealing with some very uncomfortable joint and chronic muscle pain. For some people living with this condition, it can take a very long time to receive a diagnosis and to determine a course of care and treatment. This care and treatment is going to be different for each person, but be confident that you will find a solution to easing the overwhelming fatigue and muscle pain that you’re experiencing. Some patients have turned to natural solutions and worked hard to reduce stress in their lives, focusing on a whole and natural diet, as well as using natural supplements to aid the body in reducing inflammation and toxicity levels. Lyme Disease: people who live close to or spend time in grassy areas can be exposed to and contract Lyme Disease. This is a tick-borne illness that is contracted when you are bitten by a tick carrying the bacteria. This disease can be treated with medicine but often it can take a while to receive a diagnosis. Because the symptoms of Lyme Disease are often quite wide-ranging including chronic muscle pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms and joint pain - it can be hard to diagnose. The good news is that if you have Lyme Disease you can and will be treated. Chemical Sensitivity: many people among us are extremely sensitive to chemicals and other toxins. These chemicals can appear as innocent as those found in your fabric softener to more widely recognized ones such as pesticides and herbicides. When your body reacts to these chemicals and toxins it can react with an enhanced inflammatory response that results in joint pain and uncomfortable muscle pain. Your body can become “puffy” and along with the pain you can feel downright sluggish and unwell. While it would ideal to live in an environment in which we weren’t exposed to chemicals and toxins, this is frankly very hard to do. To help reduce your exposure to such elements, you can carefully analyze the products you buy and use in your home and focus on adding supplements and foods to your diet that have proven detoxifying effects. Arthritis: chances are very high that you or someone you know has arthritis. Arthritis can come in many forms but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. With both of these forms of arthritis you can suffer from sore and swollen joints and tight and sensitive muscles. The good news is that there are lots of excellent treatment options for arthritis including exercise, diet modifications, drug therapies and natural remedies and supplements. This is just a sampling of how and where chronic muscle pain can manifest. For those of you who are dealing with recurring muscle injuries and find that the standard protocol of rest, ice, compression and elevation is not effective in alleviating your chronic muscle pain, it is very likely time to consult a doctor or other healthcare professional. As you can see, if you ignore the chronic pain in your hamstrings, calves, lower back or arms you really could be ignoring signs and symptoms of a bigger problem. How you are treated for this chronic muscle pain really depends on the reason for the symptoms. One thing that most healthcare professionals, doctors and scientists can agree on though is the need to reduce the inflammation and harmful toxins in your body. Doing this can go a long away in allowing your body to heal itself and putting an end to your chronic muscle pain. There are a number of supplements and products on the market that purport to provide this very effect, but before you buy such a product, consult with your doctor first. There is no reason to suffer in silence when you’re dealing with chronic muscle pain. Your health and well-being should be your priority, so take action today to get yourself back to feeling healthy and well again. After all, you don’t want to miss out on playing frisbee with your kids or going for that long relaxing hike in the woods.