London: A woman on Channel 5’s GPS: Behind Closed Doors finally discovered what was causing her long-term muscle pain after visiting her GP on the program.
Patient Deborah visited Dr. Sian Morris at the Balham Park Surgery to pick up her results from her earlier blood tests – and was stunned when her GP finally diagnosed the condition that has blighted her life.
Her blood results were normal aside from low vitamin D levels – a feature that makes the condition so hard to diagnose. Watch the following video for muscle pain and fatigue causes and natural treatment.
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She told Dr. Morris how she constantly feels drained and has to “defrost every day because she wakes up all stiff”. After speaking more in-depth with her doctor, she finally found a name for the condition that had caused her so much discomfort: fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that can be “difficult to diagnose” because symptoms can be linked to different things. It is also not easy to spot either because it can’t be seen through scans or X-rays. People suffering from the condition can also have normal blood results despite suffering from the debilitating condition.
Deborah said on the Channel 5 show: “It’s a very vague condition and difficult to explain. It’s constantly draining but it is a relief to have someone say what it is.” It can cause sleep difficulties, headaches and even trigger irritable bowel syndrome in sufferers.
It can also be triggered by a physical or mental trauma and even though stress. Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for the condition but it can be treated with non-medication as well as through surgical procedures.
Dr. Morris told Deborah that “exercising in a heated pool” or cognitive therapy can help. It can also be eased through antidepressants or painkillers such as Ibuprofen, but Dr. Morris said: “recovery rates vary from person to person.”
The condition is said to affect nearly one in 20 people but is more likely to affect women. According to the NHS, “Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, although it affects around seven times as many women as men.”
It usually affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 but can affect anyone at any age, even children. If you think you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, visit your GP. via expressco