Feb 24, 2021 in Counseling
Fibromyalgia: How Counselling Helps
Fibromyalgia can have a significant impact on your life. Counselling can help you deal with the impacts of fibromyalgia.
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How do I fix a marriage after cheating??
My husband of 5 years has cheated on me. I'm heartbroken. Can I fix our marriage?? Is there hope for us?? Will things get better? Please help
Am I over reacting? Am I the one in the wrong no him
Ok I've been with my boyfriend for 3 years now and he denied cheating on me but everything points to the opposite he's gone to spend the night with his baby moma and her kids in a hotel he rated me put to her when I called the cops on her for her vandalizing my car he would defend her when I would bring thing up about her and he has a video of her playing with her self am I wrong for being mad?
We both have insecurities and trust issues due to past relationships... So, there's the back and forth accusations, yelling, name calling, etc. We are both extremely jealous and have no communication skills. We love each other but sometimes Love isn't enough to make someone understand that you aren't going to hurt them. How can we help each other overcome these issues?
Idk what to do
My boyfriend and I have been fighting because he found some old messages that I had when we started going out, the messages are not bad the conversations where just like hi and bye kind of thing but because I told him I wasn't talking to anyone he's mad but da whole time he was still hanging out with his baby momma behind my back and he would delete all his messages to her so I wouldn't see them
Lost and confused at a crossroads
My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years now. We have had a very tumultuous relationship both of us have hurt each other very much on each parts. But he’s done a lot more wrong it has no accountability. But my question is how do you handle it because anytime I try to talk to him about anything he automatically yells at me, deflects, accuse me of cheating. How do you go about handling
How can I get my teen to confide in me
I've been trying to get my son to confide in me about why he is feeling so depressed. He is 15 years old and a very good teen but have no idea why he is so withdrawn and quiet. Please help me I cant bear to see him like this
What do I do?
I'm not sure what to do. Recently separated mom with 2 young girls and pregnant with my 3rd.
I took my son's Ipad away because I'm at my wit's end with him.
He is so addicted and doesn’t want to do anything else. Can anyone tell me whether I did the right thing or am I being too harsh?
It's 3 y I divorced and we have shared custody of 2 lovely kids. Any advice on how to make them understand that divorced parents is ok?
What should I do?
My son is acting out in school and giving people the middle finger and running around and hitting when he is restrained and he also has speech apraxia and may have ADHD
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a health condition characterized by chronic muscle pain at tender points, incapacitating fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and psychological distress.
People experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms often demonstrate an increased sensitivity to pain. As such, physical contact not usually perceived as painful—for example, touching the edge of a sheet of paper—might feel very painful for a person experiencing fibromyalgia. This heightened perception of pain contributes significantly to the intense physical distress, psychological distress, lack of energy, and sleep disturbances generally experienced by individuals with the condition.
Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Tension and migraine headaches
- Difficulty concentrating and problems with memory
- Increased sensitivity to light, sound, and temperature
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Morning stiffness
- Urinary problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Painful menstrual periods
While the etiology of fibromyalgia is unknown, there are biological and social factors which have been linked with the condition. These factors include genetic predisposition, traumatic experiences, repetitive injuries, obesity, certain ailments such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and exposure to viral infections.
Individuals aged 18 years or older who have fibromyalgia make up 2-4% of the American population—or approximately 5 million adults. While men and children can be affected, 80-90% of all affected individuals are women.
THE DEBATE OVER FIBROMYALGIA: PHYSICAL OR MENTAL?
Currently, there are differences in opinion within the medical community as to whether fibromyalgia is a physical or mental condition. The debate stems mainly from the fact that there are no quantifiable tests which can be performed to definitively diagnose the syndrome. At present, fibromyalgia is considered to be a spectrum health condition rather than a categorical illness.
With no biopsies or medical imaging scans to guide them, doctors must rely primarily on self-reports of affected people and compare these to a sliding scale. If the doctor is able to rule out the presence of other diseases which could possibly cause the symptoms, and the pain has been present in all four quadrants of the affected person’s body for a minimum of three months, then a diagnosis of fibromyalgia may be reached. However, with no observable and scientifically reliable tests available, a number of health professionals are reluctant to make such a medical diagnosis. Whether the condition is physical or mental though, doctors agree that the pain experienced by persons with fibromyalgia is real.
Pain medication, sleep aids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and muscle relaxants have all been used to mitigate various fibromyalgia symptoms. Many people with symptoms of fibromyalgia have found relief by making lifestyle changes such as exercising more often, eating healthier, and adjusting their work schedule. Breathing exercises, yoga, and other relaxation techniques have also proven to be beneficial. One specific treatment that has had significant success in helping to attenuate fibromyalgia symptoms is psychotherapy.
THERAPY FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Therapy can be a crucial component of the fibromyalgia treatment process. People experiencing fibromyalgia often report episodes of anxiety, frustration, or low self-worth, and they are three times more likely to develop major depression than peers without the condition. Negative feelings can contribute to the pain cycle and make fibromyalgia symptoms even worse.
By seeking the assistance of a qualified therapist, people with fibromyalgia are better equipped to handle the physical and mental challenges associated with the condition. In addition to helping people find relief for fibromyalgia symptoms, therapy also provides needed emotional and psychological support.
Counseling can help individuals experiencing fibromyalgia to approach and manage their situation with a positive outlook. Psychotherapy can help affected individuals to understand and better address their feelings about the issue. For example, studies show that individuals who receive cognitive behavioral therapy and operant behavioral therapy report a significant reduction in fibromyalgia pain after treatment.
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