Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes painful tenderness and achiness in a person’s muscle and tissue. Most people develop this condition later in life, although it can show up in a person’s 20’s or 30’s. This is a condition that causes moderate to severe chronic pain in multiple areas of the body.
It can be difficult for young people to deal with the onset of fibromyalgia at a younger age, as it is very painful and can be debilitating. It can also cause issues with a young person’s social life, as they will likely experience fatigue and may not be as active or social as they once were.
Young people who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia should do their best to maintain active social lives and to continue with as many activities as possible- continue to be involved in hobbies and other activities that bring stress-relief, joy and happiness.
People with fibromyalgia can experience a great deal of pain, which can make leaving the house and having a full day’s work difficult and daunting. People with fibromyalgia often experience fatigue, anxiety and depression. These are all very serious symptoms, as depression and anxiety can be difficult to fight off.
Young people should have extra energy reserves, and hopefully can use their energy to maintain a social life and personal lifestyle that is fulfilling and rewarding. It is important to maintain social circles and talk with family and friends not only about the condition, but also go out for fun and relaxation.
Those who do not socialize for fun should find other activities that relax and interest them, activities that give them hope. This could be an art activity, such as painting or scrapbooking. Or it could mean making music or even listening to it. There are many ways to relax, and each individual has a different way of chilling out and relaxing.
Young people who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia experience a variety of symptoms that lead to their early diagnosis. These symptoms can include widespread pain in the muscles, and deep achy pain in the muscles and tissues. Tiredness and fatigue are also very common as pain prevents a good night’s sleep.
Many people experience these symptoms differently, as some people may have more intense pain than others, and flare-ups will come and go at different times. One thing to consider is that fibromyalgia symptoms are mostly internal, so people will not be able to see directly how much pain a person is in.
This can be a problem when explaining the pain and tiredness the friends, family or coworkers. To them, you look fine and healthy, maybe just a bit tired. But those experiencing pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia know differently- they many be experiencing great pain and tiredness that just isn’t outwardly apparent to others.
Some other symptoms of fibromyalgia in young people include: poor circulation, with tingling or numbness is hands and feet. Headaches and irritability are common. Fibro fog is an accompanying condition that affects memory and concentration. People may also experience issues with their bowels and urination.
Young people may be discouraged by the presence of all or some of these symptoms, as they can be disruptive to life and can cause feelings or hopelessness or loneliness. This is why young people need to maintain their social lives as much as possible, and continue to live as they would like with as much energy as they can muster.
People can manage their pain from fibromyalgia by creating a daily schedule that is not overwhelming, and contains plenty of breaks for rest and for rejuvenating activities. Individuals can find different activities that are relaxing and fun for them.
Some people enjoy going to get a happy hour drink with friends, and others may enjoy going to a movie or a concert. There are so many options, but it is so important that people continue to have fun and participate in activities that help them stay positive.
It can be a bummer to experience fibromyalgia at a young age, however, there is surely an opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life with fibromyalgia. It does take a bit of planning and responsibility. People need to prevent themselves from getting over tired. This means not planning too many things in the day and not being afraid to cancel plans and rest if experiencing a flare up.
Young people with fibromyalgia can manage their pain and continue to be positive about their condition, as proper management can lead to a fulfilling life.