Dealing With The Mental Health Side Effects of Fibromyalgia

Getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult and challenging. This condition comes with debilitating, chronic pain symptoms and can severely impact a person’s life. While the causes of fibromyalgia are still a question for medical experts and those who are diagnosed with this condition, the side effects of fibromyalgia can be managed with various experimental and traditional treatments. Here at Delray Brain Science, we are not only aware of both the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia, but the mental health ones too. And, provide people living with this condition with options for treatments in order for them to establish lives of mental and physical wellbeing.

What’s Fibromyalgia and Who Does it Affect?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that elicits chronic pain in those who are diagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 2% of the adult population is living with fibromyalgia. Those living with fibromyalgia have a higher sensitivity to pain and process pain differently than others. Therefore, stimulating other side effects and debilitating symptoms that affect daily life.

Some of the Side Effects of Fibromyalgia

Certainly, the most debilitating and impairing symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain. This pain can make doing daily tasks nearly impossible. And, keep people from living the life they want to live. However, pain isn’t the only thing that comes with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, as dealing with daily and intense pain can lead to other symptoms as well.

Some of the most common symptoms of living with fibromyalgia can include:

  • stiffening of the muscles
  • extreme exhaustion and fatigue
  • headaches and migraines
  • trouble falling and/or staying asleep
  • issues with retaining memory, concentration, and thought processes
  • tingling and numbness in the extremities
  • issues with digesting food (constipation, bloating, and stomach pain)
  • mental health issues

Who is at a Higher Risk for Developing Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia may not be something that’s developed at birth and people of all ages can be diagnosed with this condition. While we don’t understand what truly causes this disorder, we know that people who have dealt with various things are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Some of the things that can put people at a higher risk for developing fibromyalgia include:

-being a woman – women are at a higher risk for developing fibromyalgia than their male counterparts
-being older – while people of any age can have fibromyalgia, the majority of people who are diagnosed are middle-aged adults
-people with a family history of fibromyalgia
-those who have experienced physical trauma (car accidents, abuse, etc.)
-people who are overweight or obese

Fibromyalgia’s Impact on Mental Health

Along with the debilitating physical and lifestyle symptoms of fibromyalgia, this chronic condition can also impact mental health. Dealing with pain and the other symptoms of fibromyalgia can affect a person’s emotional state, their thinking, and their overall hope for ever feeling themselves again. So, it can lead to damage to mental health. Some mental health issues that people dealing with fibromyalgia may develop include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Stress
  • Neurological issues
  • Anger issues

Getting Help for Mental Health Issues That Accompany Fibromyalgia

For people dealing with the mental health effects that can come with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, it’s imperative to get the support that’s needed to address these issues. Living with the chronic pain that comes with fibromyalgia is already overwhelming, so adding mental health issues into this mix is completely challenging. However, a treatment that can address both the physical aspects along with the mental health issues that can come with a fibromyalgia diagnosis is the best way to address these issues.

Prescription medications, novel therapies like neurofeedback and TMS, and behavioral therapies can all be used simultaneously to address both physical and mental health symptoms of fibromyalgia. Delray Brain Science is committed to helping people living with mental health issues and concurring diagnoses (including fibromyalgia) at our outpatient facility in South Florida. Learn more about how we can help on our website.

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