I think we've discussed this before haven't we? It is very hard to distinguish between the pain and muscle sorness caused by Lupus or the pain and muscles soreness caused by Fibromyalgia. There are clinical differences, but those cannot always be discerned by us, physically.
Fibromyalgia, which is twice as common as rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus have one major thing in common. They are both common arthritic conditions. And, although they are viewed as legitimate conditions, there is no cure or known cause for fibromyalgia syndrome or for Lupus. During the onset of lupus, one major complaint of more than half of lupus patients is joint pain. People with fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis also suffer with joint pain. However, more than 90 percent of lupus patients feel joint or muscle also!
The major cause of joint pain in people with lupus is arthritis or inflammation of the joints. Some of the problems associated with arthritis include tenderness, fluid collection, pain in and around the joints and swelling. All of these are also symptoms which may be caused by fibromyalgia!
The best advice that I can give you is that you should make some important lifestyle changes and adopt a healthy diet.
Your diet will help to contribute to a healthy immune system, which is critical for people with fibromyalgia and lupus. Eating a well-balanced diet (some say 5-6 small meals throughout the day, instead of three big meals) may alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms.
It has been suggested that we choose a diet that is rich in vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that boosts the immune system to strengthen the body fighting fibromyalgia and lupus. Try eating foods rich in vitamin C such as green vegetables, citrus fruits and cantaloupes.
Also, choose whole grains and vegetable oils that provide the vitamin E. Vitamin E may help to slow down the symptoms of fibromyalgia and lupus, by strengthening body cells that fight infection. People with lupus and fibromyalgia who eat foods rich in vitamin E may have an added weapon against viruses and bacteria. Also, it is suggested that we eat food that include red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables including red and yellow peppers, pumpkins, carrots and tomatoes. Try to maintain a low fat diet, because too much fat may interfere with you body’s ability to ward off bacteria and free radicals. Try to review food labels and select items that have a low percentage of fat. Select lean meats and try to eat plenty of beans and legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables.
I know how difficult it can be to exercise, but please keep at it. While some people with fibromyalgia and Lupus complain that they feel too much pain to exercise, regular exercise has been shown to help with long-term pain relief as well as fatigue, and depression. A good exercise program, consistently followed, can help to relieve pain, strengthen connective tissue and increase your flexibility and the blood flow. Consistent and appropriate exercise also helps to guard against health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Along with a healthy diet changes, a daily, appropriate exercise program is vital to easing some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and Lupus. Many people here have said that yoga, Pilates and stretching helps them with pain relief.
There is not a single pain medication FDA-approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia and Lupus pain. Frequently Prescribed Medications for Fibromyalgia and Lupus Pain and other Symptoms are:
Tricyclic Anti-Depressants including:
Desyrel - Elavil- Pamelor - Sinequan - Benzodiazepines: anti-depressant and anti-anxiety)- Klonopin - Xanax -
Tylenol with codeine
Please be aware that most medications and pain medications are meant to treat the symptoms (there is no medication to cure these illnesses). Also, no single medication will alleviate all of your fibromyalgia and/or Lupus pain or their accompanying symptoms. All medications commonly prescribed for fibromyalgia and Lupus have some type of side effects.
Perhaps you can discuss some of these medications with you doctor to see which ones might work for you.
there are a number of non-pharmacological approaches to fibromyalgia and Lupus pain relief. Some people have combined several of the approaches for pain relief, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Other options for fibromyalgia and Lupus pain relief ccould be physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, relaxation techniques and stress management. There is also the options of surgical intervention, acupuncture and acupressure, mechanical and electrical stimulation, psychotherapy and myofascial trigger point injections.
For some immediate relief, you can try heat packs to enhance flexibility, promote relaxation and to reduce muscle spasms. Also, cooling has been known to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. It provides a local pain relief effect. Cold tends to be effective and many have had luck with quick (but temporary) relief.
I hope that I've helped you
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