If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it’s important to understand that the condition is much more than only painful muscles and fatigue.
It is almost impossible not to suffer from some level of depression when suffering from fibromyalgia. The connection between fibromyalgia and depression is very real. Studies show that those with fibromyalgia are about three times more prone to depression than someone without fibromyalgia.
No one knows the exact reason for the link. It could be that the same changes or abnormalities in the nervous system and brain chemistry which make a person more sensitive to pain also causes them to be more prone to depression.
Even if this is not the case, the simple reality of having to live as a fibromyalgia sufferer is certain to cause intense feelings of negative emotion. Feeling sad or low is a normal reaction to the pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
It is very difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you go to bed at night in pain, wake in pain, and know that there will possibly be more pain during the day, all seemingly without apparent cause. It is disheartening having to rely on pain relievers just to make it through the day.
Fibromyalgia sufferers often experience feelings of wanting to curl up in a ball and wish the world would go away. Knowing it won’t and they must try to work through their physical pain and mental distress drags them further down emotionally.
For a fibromyalgia sufferer already dealing with low energy levels and loss of pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities, this chronic sadness can manifest in feelings of guilt, worthlessness and even thoughts of death.
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia may or may not know they’re suffering from depression, which is a condition itself. They may characterize their feelings as simply being overwhelmed by their circumstances.
Some may realize something is wrong, but may think that the decreased energy, inability to concentrate, irritability and anxiety is more physical than mental.
The constant stress of living with symptoms of fibromyalgia can cause your nervous system to become overloaded with a range of overwhelming feelings including anxiety, anger and guilt. Ultimately this can and very often results in depression.
Need for Action to Deal with Depression
It is important that you gain control over symptoms of depression associated with fibromyalgia. Most people diagnosed with depression are encouraged to look for the cause of their depression – if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia you already know the cause.
Feelings of depression are valid symptoms of fibromyalgia. When discussing your range of symptoms with your health care provider don’t gloss over them, or focus only on the physical effects. This will help the doctor to better suggest methods of treatment that are right for you.
Although there’s no specified cure for fibromyalgia, the symptoms, including depression, can be treated successfully. The method of controlling or reducing depression symptoms you choose may include antidepressants, therapy, exercise, positive changes in diet and other alternative techniques such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and meditation.
It’s vital that you strive to find a way to manage the symptoms before you begin a downward spiral which can affect your entire life, including relationships and career.
Take steps to deal with and find effective means to combat your feelings of depression if you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Don’t simply accept that this is your lot without making efforts to improve your quality of life. There are treatments available which can greatly reduce the symptoms of depression and help you enjoy life once again. Get your FREE eBook 50 Ways To Improve Your Life When Living With Fibromyalgia