Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

What is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day?

Fibromyalgia Awareness day is a day to create awareness and build knowledge about fibromyalgia. Also the main goal is to create the same on a global basis. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, found to have complaints similar to symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in historical documents. Afterwards, its date of birth, May 12, declared as Fibromyalgia awareness day. Its celebrated with the aim of raising awareness of fibromyalgia since 1993.

What is chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome called as the constant feeling of fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months, without any illness. Activities in daily life cannot performed as a result of fatigue and weakness. In chronic fatigue syndrome fatigue, weakness, muscle networks, continuous sleep and insomnia, standing tiredness observed. Chronic fatigue syndrome seen 4 times more in women between the ages of 20-40 than men.

How well a person sleeps, how he is fed, and the stress level are important in tiredness. Temporary fatigue is not an important health issue. But if there is the existance of a chronic fatigue, it should be classified as a serious health problem.

When constant feeling of tiredness pulls the person back from their social and business life. If you doing things that he could easily can be done without getting tired, he/she should consult a doctor and the cause of his fatigue should be investigated.

What causes chronic fatigue?

Chronic fatigue can have many causes. Fatigue is sometimes the first sign of serious health problems such as anemia, infections, liver, heart and kidney failure. Also, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, metabolic disorders (hypoglycemia), hormonal problems (hypothyroidism, adrenal gland failure), cancer can be the source too. Fatigue can also occur as a result of repetitive and prolonged stress, sleep problems, depression, and some other psychological problems.

How chronic fatigue syndrome is treated?

It is very important to provide psychological support to the patient. In addition to regular exercise practices determined specifically for the person. Lifestyle changes and nutritional therapies are also part of the treatment. During the treatment, the patient should be encouraged to recover at every stage. Also, the family of the patient and physician should have close communication. Treatment should be customized.

  • Work and rest periods should be set correctly. The emergence of fatigue can be prevented by giving short and frequent rest intervals during work. It should be ensured that the working environment is well ventilated. Keep in mind that very hot or very cold environments create an extra stress on our body.
  • Even a slight dehydration of the body slows down the metabolism. For this reason, at least 8-10 glasses of water should be drunk a day, and coffee and tea should be consumed as little as possible.
  • With regular exercise, metabolism is accelerated, more energy generation is provided. At least 30 minutes of daily walks help balance body weight, protect and improve bone health. It provides the regulation of the cardiovascular system and respiration, and the transport of oxygen to the tissues at an adequate level.
  • Adequate, balanced and healthy nutrition is necessary for the immune system to be strong. Take care not to skip meals. Eat less and often.Choose unrefined grains and foods with whole wheat, rye, oats and whole wheat. Do not have white refined grains. Take care to drink 8-10 glasses of water during the day. Stay away from fries, prefer boiled and steamed instead. Avoid fatty foods as much as possible. Make sure that your dinners are mostly vegetables.

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