The swelling of fibromyalgia makes life difficult for many patients. The pain and discomfort of daily tasks is a challenge. Wearing shoes, or choosing a dress, or even just moving it is more difficult with painful swelling of the hands or feet. But what causes the swelling? And how can it be treated?
What is the swelling of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia often causes swelling in people who are affected. Swelling or edema is a medical condition in which the fluid accumulates under the skin. Edema is usually the result of an injury, but with fibromyalgia, there is usually no obvious cause behind the swelling.
Now, this swelling usually occurs in the hands and feet. But this fact often causes people to confuse fibromyalgia with arthritis, which also affects the hands and feet. And this sometimes makes treatment difficult. In fact, doctors can confuse the pain of fibromyalgia with another condition. Therefore, make sure your doctor knows you have fibromyalgia.
In addition, people with fibromyalgia sometimes feel that their joints swell when they are not. It is one of the generalized and bothersome symptoms of fibromyalgia. And it makes the treatment even more difficult because there are no physical symptoms.
What are the causes of the swelling of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a neurological disease, which means it affects the joints and other nerve endings. Nobody knows how or why fibromyalgia affects nerve endings. But hyperactivity in the nervous system causes inflammation of the joints.
Fibromyalgia is considered by many doctors to be a condition that makes your body’s immune system react more. And in the same way that an allergic reaction can cause inflammation of the joints or face, the body’s immune response can cause fibromyalgia swelling. This suggests that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease, but again, there is no scientific agreement on this subject.
What can I do to treat the swelling of fibromyalgia?
Currently there is no cure for fibromyalgia. This means that treatments for inflammation of fibromyalgia involve alleviating discomfort rather than treating the underlying cause. Until a cure develops, most treatments simply reduce inflammation and pain control so that you can continue to live an active lifestyle.
There are some things you can do to limit the swelling caused by fibromyalgia. First, try moving the liquid away from the affected areas. Raise your hands above your head or place your feet against the wall. Increasing the affected limbs in the head will cause the liquid to drain temporarily.
Sometimes ice can help reduce the amount of swelling. Anyone who has had a broken lip or a black eye knows that an ice pack can help reduce the swelling around the injured skin. Ice causes water to contract into cells, reducing swelling. Furthermore, it can help relieve pain.
Finally, your diet can play an important role in fibromyalgia, greatly limiting the swelling you feel. High sodium levels often cause the body to retain water, which makes the swelling more severe. Try to eliminate sodium from your diet and check if the inflammation of fibromyalgia is easier to control.
Vitamin B-6 is another nutrient to think about when treating fibromyalgia swelling. Vitamin B-6 can help regulate the accumulation of fluids in the body. Therefore, a daily vitamin supplement can help to limit the inflammation associated with fibromyalgia.
The swelling of fibromyalgia is another of the many uncomfortable symptoms that make fibromyalgia a hard-to-live disease. But with careful control of your diet and some basic home remedies, you can reduce the amount of fibromyalgia with which you swell to live.