The reason for this article is that a few weeks ago were the designated World Day of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In Fibromyalgia the main problem is pain. In CFS is fatigue. 70% of CFS involves the symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is an overlap but is a separate pathology.
Our endeavor is to approach the problem from the patient’s side. While there is a flood of information, there are no clear answers. The result is that a person who has a serious health problem and sees his life every day is degraded, is lost in technical terms and descriptions that do not offer much. What are the data today:
It is particularly important for the patient to understand that he is suffering from a real disease. The first descriptions of Fibromyalgia exist in the Bible. It is not a “modern” disease. Science and research have not yet discovered the causes and exams needed to make diagnosis easier. The person is neither “crazy” nor imagined patient. He is a fellow man who suffers both physically and mentally, since he feels from one point and beyond that he lives in a world of “deaf”. In a world that nobody listens to, no one helps him and no one understands him. This concerns the social and working environment, as well as the health professionals, to whomhe/she seeks for help. But the patient must understand that unfortunately for him, nothing in his or her external appearance betrays what he really has and how much he suffers. In addition all laboratory tests done give normal results.
The main symptom is pain. It is all over the body and can take different forms: intense and superficial or deep and mild, usually continuous but sometimes intermittent, especially in the limbs or as it electric currentpasses. The pain is the basic criterion of diagnosis (it requires 11-12 positive points – tenderpoints – to feel pain from 18 of the photo below) and the effectiveness of any therapeutic effort is valued from the relief of pain.
Photo: The tender points
Furthermore the patient may often complain for: morning stiffness, headaches-migraines, tiredness, constipation or diarrhea, “cloudy” thinking and memory abnormalities, painful menstruation, sleeping problems, jaw pain, skin sensitivity, chest pain, heart palpitations, difficulty in breathing, intense sweating, swollen limbs, sensitivity to all senses (loud noises, bright lights, certain foods, smells), feelings of depression and anxiety, disturbances or absenceof Libido.
Treatment of the disease is difficult but this does not mean that the patient has to give up or take a negative position towards his condition or that the whole situation is not manageable. The goal is to treat the symptoms. For the effectiveness of treatment, it is important for the patient to have a doctor who knows the disease well and to manage those who contribute to the therapeutic effort. To treat the disease requires group work by various health professionals. In addition to the treating or family physician, a physiotherapist, a physician specialized in pain and rheumatologist is needed.
As the latest studies show, physiotherapy has a key role in the therapeutic intervention. The known approach was “light” massage at the soft tissues.
Very promising results came from the research conducted by Dr Gordon G., physiotherapist and rehabilitation specialist in Ohio, USA.The research evaluatesthe LPG Endermologietechnique on patients with Fibromyalgia.
Overall, treatment acceptance was good: 67% of patients found LPG Endermologie treatment relaxing, 89% believed that it helped them significantly and 89% wanted to continue treatment for the next period.
The conclusion, based on the results of the LPG technique, it provides easy adaptation, special and effective tissue stimulation and can improve / relieve patients suffering from Fibromyalgia.
The Fibromyalgia treatment protocol has FDA approval and is already available at Hightechmed and the results are very remarkable.