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Fibromyalgia is becoming increasingly prevalent as more doctors become familiar with the symptoms and are able to diagnose more people with this uncomfortable malady. The symptoms range from sleeplessness or poor sleep patterns to electric shock symptoms and acute pain in muscles or joints. In fact the name originates from:
- fibro meaning fiber-like.
- mya meaning muscle.
- algia meaning pain.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms are numerous. Not everyone has every symptom, and some people may experience many more symptoms than others. The common symptoms include:
- Acute pain
- Balance problems
- Electric shock sensations
- Pins and needle sensation in hands and feet
- Short-term memory loss
There are different treatments available for the majority of these symptoms that will alleviate them, but to date there is no cure.
Treatments usually consist of several lifestyle changes as well as medication, and these will be examined in the electric shock sensations in relation to fibromyalgia, during the article.
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The Feelings and Their Causes
The feelings and caused causes of fibromyalgia electric shock sensations can be described as follows:
- Feels like an electric shock traveling through one’s body, sometimes accompanied by a “falling sensation”.
- Feels like pins and needles but more painful, alarming and pulsating.
- Jerks the joints of arms, legs, fingers and toes
- Can come on at any time and is like a flash of light followed by electric shock tingling.
- Feels like “creepy crawlies” or ants crawling under one’s skin and causes the skin to tighten and jerk.
- Feelings of twitching scalp along with facial twitching of mouth, eyes, and eyebrows.
Causes and Occurrences
- Can happen anytime, anywhere, intermittently and can last for days, weeks or sometimes months.
- Happens more frequently when stretching ones arms to reach for something up on a high shelf for instance, also when one stands on fully straightened legs or they're on their tip-toes.
- Happens when flexing one’s fingers; can cause alarming cracking and give sensation of joint dislocation.
- Happens when getting up from sitting on a chair too long, feeling much like a "sleeping leg" but not to be confused with the normal pins and needles feeling experienced after sitting too long.
- Walking - Only short walks should be tackled at first. If the patient is unsteady or having dizzy spells, a walking aid can be used to help and build their confidence. Walking with a friend for company can also help.
- Cycling - This can be carried out on a normal bicycle; again starting off with short runs. A stationary bicycle set up in the spare room, or just a set of pedals operated from a chair can also be used for exercise.
- Swimming- Swimming is highly recommended by most specialists as one of the best exercise, and can be carried out daily. Swimming is considered by some fibromyalgia experts as the optimum exercise; especially if carried out under supervision of a physiotherapist in a heated hydrotherapy pool.
- Hobbies such as gardening can exercise ones limbs, especially if having a flare-up. Raised beds can be used to grow vegetables, with patio pots or tubs used to grow flowers. This will prevent bending over which can bring on a dizzy spell. Gardening has also be been found to very therapeutic through getting the fibromyalgia sufferer out of the confines of the house and taking their mind off the symptom.
Any exercises that are not too strenuous will help blood circulation; gradual movement of the affected limbs can bring almost instant relief. Relaxation techniques are becoming popular for relief from most of the symptoms however; relaxation such as lying down is not recommended as a remedy for these symptoms.
Three common drugs used to help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia electric shock symptoms are listed below, along with a few brief notes.
- Clonazepam. (Klonopin) This is an anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant being a Benzodiazepine derivative. It can also be used to treat anxiety.
- Lyrica. This is used to treat overall pain or tenderness due to fibromyalgia, as well as for the onset of partial seizures. It contains Pregabalin which is an anticonvulsant drug.
- Topamax. (Topiramate) This is used to treat seizures and is an anticonvulsant. It can be used on its own or along with other anticonvulsants.
Warning: Please remember, drugs - even homeopathic ones, should never be taken before consulting ones own doctor.
The author's wife was very relieved when at last she was diagnosed as suffering from fibromyalgia. She was relieved because no one knew what was wrong with her, until one day at a rheumatology clinic a young doctor pressed on about a dozed "pressure points" and seeing her reaction diagnosed fibromyalgia. So some of the article is based on observation whilst caring for a loved one who has fibromyalgia and trying to understand what they are going through, as there are no outward symptoms.
Hydrotherapy has been one of the best exercises, as the limbs are supported by the warm water and exercises can be carried out under supervision.