Are there Periods of Remission for Fibromyalgia?

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If you have been suffering from fibromyalgia for any period of time, you may be wondering when if and when you will find relief from your symptoms. The truth is, there are periods of time where your fibromyalgia will be in remission if you take care of your body.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at why the pain from your fibromyalgia may come and go, and what it looks like to be in remission from this often painful disorder.

Why Does the Pain Come and Go?

This is a question that many people end up asking when they are looking at the pain related to their fibromyalgia. Why isn’t the pain something that is constant? Why does it seem to come and go all of the time? Why are there periods of time where you can function normally and without any pain? Honestly, that is a hard answer to find because we still aren’t sure of all of the origins that are connected to fibromyalgia. There are, however, a few explanations that we can use in order to try and explain what is going on.

First off, fibromyalgia starts in your nerves. They start going off too much for some unknown reason, which means that you are in pain much of the time. They fire off at times that they shouldn’t be firing off, and they make it hard for you to function normally. Sometimes, it gets so bad that it’s difficult for you to walk around or do normal, everyday tasks.

Of course, the issue comes in when we try to explain why this happens, and in short, there’s not really a reason that we know of. We have our suspicions, and research seems to suggest a few different things that may be going on related to diet, activity level, and a variety of other possibilities.

That being said, the pain likely comes and goes because of changes that you make in your lifestyle. Obviously, it will be something that is with you for the rest of your life.  But there are times that you can get it more under control than other times, and those periods of time are what we call remission. At those points in time, our body stops overreacting to what is going on in and around it, and as a result, you don’t end up dealing with the same aches and pains that you will deal with on a regular basis.

Honestly, a lot of conditions have the pain come and go, and fibromyalgia is really not any different. It’s just that the people who struggle with the disease may notice more because it seems to go in extremes – you can be in a lot of pain one day, but then a few weeks later you may not have really any pain at all. It’s all about the treatment plan you are on, the things that you do, and the lifestyle that you are living.

What Does Remission Look Like?

Then comes another question. What does remission actually look like when it comes to fibromyalgia? How does one find relief from what can be a painful disease? In short, it’s pretty easy to tell – if you go without pain for an extended period of time, or you notice that your symptoms are starting to decrease over a period of time, then your fibromyalgia is likely going into remission and you will start to notice that your normal, daily tasks are a lot easier to perform without additional assistance or help.

Even if your fibromyalgia seems to be in remission, there are a handful of symptoms that may stick around in the process. Here are some of the symptoms that you may continue to see, even after you’ve started to see relief from most of your standard symptoms and pains.

  • Affectability to smells, bright lights, or other sensory overloads
  • Swelling here or there, specifically in the feet and/or hands/
  • Slight distraction and lack of focus, but nothing close to what you usually have
  • Light sensitivity
  • Muscle pain, including fits and twitches
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Poor temperature regulation (too hot or too cold)
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Unreasonable sweating in certain areas of the body, usually the hands, face, or feet.

That being said, these are usually a lot more subdued than what you may have dealt with on a regular basis. You will find that it’s much easier for you to make decisions and that you may not need as much pain medication as you usually do.

Basically, you feel a lot more comfortable in your own skin, and you don’t have to worry about your body going on the fritz in certain cases. Your nerves are under control, but you may still have to deal with some of the sensitivity, but it’s definitely nothing like you may have been feeling.

It is, however, rare for fibromyalgia to go away for good. You may still end up having flare-ups. You may have times where it is difficult to go through your daily tasks, but don’t get discouraged from that. It’s part of the cycle, and as long as you continue with your treatment plan, even when your symptoms go away, you will find that you are a lot more comfortable and able to live the life that you deserve to live. The flare-ups will still come, but you can keep them under control a lot better as long as you continue to work with your doctor and talk about the ways that your body is changing.

So as you can see, there are a lot of different things that you may notice when your fibromyalgia goes into remission. Lots of things can change, but make sure that you are still taking care of your body as it should be taken care of. That way, if and when the symptoms of the disease come back, you will feel more prepared and your body will be in a better state to deal with the symptoms.