The second most common question asked people living with fibromyalgia (or any invisible chronic disease) next to What is fibromyalgia is? What is an outbreak of fibromyalgia?
If you know someone who lives with this disease, you have probably heard that they say at one time or another that they are having an “outbreak.” Trying to express what you mean by flash is perhaps one of the hardest things to do, especially since the flashes look so different to each person.
Surprisingly, trying to explain an outbreak is as difficult as trying to understand an outbreak, which is why many of us who live with the disease avoid talking completely about our symptoms.
However, education, awareness and knowledge are important when it comes to any chronic, fibromyalgia or other illness, and it is only through explanation that help all people understand the true ubiquitous nature of all chronic invisible illnesses and help understand better the way we live. each day.
It is only through explanation that we help all people understand the truly omnipresent nature of chronic invisible diseases and help everyone better understand what we live day after day.
In short, “Talking about our illness is the only way we can get the support, empathy and understanding we need caregivers, health care 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 hope that everyone who reads can understand a little better what we experience each of these. chronicles. And every day.
What is a fibromyalgia flare courtesy of Arthritis.org?
While a person with fibromyalgia may experience some symptoms regularly, when symptoms worsen or occur more often over a period of time called an outbreak.
“An outbreak is worsening or exacerbation of symptoms that already exist,” says Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology, and psychiatry at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. “Patients use different time frames for what they consider an outbreak, but are usually days or weeks of worsening symptoms. Anything less is considered normal hair removal 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 fibro, which include problems with memory, concentration and organization.
- Emotional problems such as anxiety, sadness or depression.
- Sleep problems, such as taking too long to fall or sleep, waking up or waking up frequently and not feeling rested yet
While these are common symptoms among people with fibromyalgia, they all experience outbreaks differently.
“People with fibromyalgia don’t all experience outbreaks the same way,” says Dr. Clauw. “A good way to explain is that every person with fibromyalgia has his Achilles heel, his ‘thing’ that really causes them problems. When your fibromyalgia gets worse, this particular thing gets really bad. ”
The predominant symptoms of a person during an outbreak may change over time.
Triggers for Fibromyalgia Crises
One of the best ways to prevent an outbreak is to determine what may be causing it in the first place. These causes are called triggers. Like symptoms, triggers of fibromyalgia vary from person to person, but may include:
- Physical or psychological stress
- Temperature and climate changes
- Hormonal changes
- Travel and / or changes in time.
- Treatment Changes
- Sleeping badly
“We know that any kind of stress, not just 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 a surgery or other stressful life event can cause symptoms to get worse. Rashes can also be caused by behavioral triggers such as not sleeping well, stopping 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 a record of your activities, what you eat, how you sleep, and how all of these factors influence your symptoms. After recording 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.