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Fibromyalgia in Seniors

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes all-over chronic body pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the joints, muscles, and bones. Although it is more common among women, it can occur in men, persisting throughout life as age increases. In addition to overall chronic pain, fibromyalgia can cause other issues among seniors such as insomnia, fatigue, and emotional or mental distress. Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, there are many ways your aging loved ones can treat and manage it.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • All over stiffness and pain
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Jaw or facial tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling in face, arms, hands, legs, or feet

Treatment of Fibromyalgia

There are multiple treatments your aging loved ones can try to help reduce the risk of the symptoms caused by fibromyalgia. Treating the symptoms and pain caused by fibromyalgia should be treated by a doctor or a health care professional who is professionally trained in this ailment.

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening
  • Stress management techniques (e.g., yoga, massages, meditation)
  • Improving sleep habits, to help improve quality of sleep

Always make sure your loved ones are checking with their doctor before adding any over the counter medications or starting a new exercise program.

Risk Factors of Fibromyalgia

As with most ailments, there are some risk factors associated with fibromyalgia. Although it can affect anyone, it is more likely to occur in seniors. Some factors that are typically associated with the onset of fibromyalgia include:

  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop it than men
  • Repeated Injuries: Repetitive strain on joints or muscles, such as frequent knee bending
  • Obesity: Due to the stress put on joints, obesity can be a causing factor of fibromyalgia
  • Family History: If there is a history of it running in your family, your loved ones are more likely to develop the symptoms.
  • Age: Even though anyone of any age can develop it, the older your loved ones get, the more likely they are to develop symptoms

Let Comfort Keepers® Lend a Helping Hand

At Comfort Keepers® in Orange, we understand that you cannot be there for your aging loved ones at all times—that’s where we come in. Our compassionate, professional, in-home caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can assist your loved ones in their daily struggles with the symptoms that fibromyalgia can bring. From light housekeeping, to transportation, or even meal preparation, our Comfort Keepers are there to help your aging loved ones maintain healthy, safe, and independent lives. 

For more information regarding our in-home care services and how our caregivers can help your loved ones manage their daily activities with fibromyalgia, click here, or contact us at (714) 450-6494.

References
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/pain/fibromyalgia.htm#hed2
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm
http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/default.htm 

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