Fibromyalgia

Smart Diary® Suite Medical Edition was designed to help people with various medical conditions, including the Fibromyalgia disease in their everyday tasks and it includes 26 additional specialized life factors that track information important for fibromyalgia patients, an advanced body pain map (compared to Home Edition) that can be used to set pain levels for different body areas using visual and textual indicators. Additionally, a Medication tracking sheet provided will help remember what medication needs to be taken and who issued it and when. Medical alarms will make sure you never forget to take your medication again!

What is Fibromyalgia?

Commonly called a syndrome, it is where the body has widespread pain. It is like someone turned on the pain sensors, and forgot to turn them off. The pain has been described as aching, throbbing, shooting, stabbing, and burning. The pain can be mild to incapacitating, it differs from one person to the other. Fatigue is normally associated with fibromyalgia. Sleepless nights, and poor sleeping habits are quite common. A condition referred to as "fibro fog" is also normal, it is where difficulty concentrating, disorganized thinking, memory problems, and the inability to stay focused occurs on a regular basis. Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches, TMJ or TMD jaw pain, morning stiffness, dry eyes and mouth, dissiness, and impaired coordination may occur.

In 1816 Dr. William Balfour called it fibrosistitis, and it was later changed to fibromyalgia. Until recently no specific medication existed for fibromyalgia specifically. Now, several medications are indicated for fibromyalgia, and more will soon be approved by the FDA. More common in women than men, the number of men with fibro is increasing. Acceptance and understanding of fibromyalgia is beginning to be common place now, but for so many people it is very often considered "it's all in your head" because no one specific cause can be attributed to the disorder. Also called "the invisible disease" because most patients with fibromyalgia don't look sick. The need for awareness, eduction, understanding, and compassion for those with fibromyalgia is still a challenge. As time goes by, more and more people are becoming aware of the condition.

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