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Are Fibromyalgia & Osteoarthritis Connected?

Osteoarthritis is known to occur in those suffering with fibromyalgia, but why? Find out in this blog.

Not to be confused with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis affects the cartilage in your joints and wears them down over time, causing the bones to rub together. As a condition, osteoarthritis can make it extremely hard for you to move around, leaving you feeling uncomfortable, particularly for those of you who are looking to be active in any way. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can be affected by the weather, similarly to those of fibromyalgia. In fact, many fibromyalgia sufferers are known to also suffer with osteoarthritis. In this blog post, we discuss more about the disease, its symptoms, and how it is linked to fibromyalgia.

The exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown. This being said, however, in some cases, it is known to be caused by an injury that makes it difficult for your joints to heal properly. Being obese can also be a contributing factor, as it applies more strain to the joints, which adds to the pain and stress that osteoarthritis has on your body. Other diseases, such as diabetes and fibromyalgia, can also cause osteoarthritis. Of course, ageing is the most common cause; as we age, our bodies wear down, which results in a loss of cartilage, leaving the joints suffering.

Osteoarthritis can occur anywhere in the body, however, the most common areas include the hips, knees, feet, hands, and back, specifically in the area around your neck and spine, which is likely to be due to the fact that these areas are used the most and, therefore, prone to injury.

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People with fibromyalgia are more likely to experience osteoarthritis, as they are known to have poor posture and will overcompensate regularly in order to reduce pain, making them more likely to experience injuries more often. Also, by minimising motion on a daily basis, fibromyalgia patients are more likely to suffer with stiff joints and weight gain.

If you suffer with fibromyalgia, then it may be difficult to notice that you also have osteoarthritis, as both conditions are known to cause stiffness, joint pain, and fatigue. Keeping an eye on your symptoms is a sure way to stay on top of everything. If your symptoms become worse, then you may want to talk to your doctor, so you can take care of the problem quickly.

Much like fibromyalgia, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, there are many things that can treat it, such as physical therapy, exercise, holistic treatments, and prescription medicines. Weight control can also help both osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, therefore, it is important to stay on top of your daily food intake to ensure you do not suffer from dramatic weight gain or even worse, obesity. Your doctor can help to determine which treatment plan is right for you, based on the symptoms you are experiencing.

Many people believe that, once they have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis alongside fibromyalgia, that they will need to cope with the problems. However, this is not the case. There are ways of preventing symptoms, so do not give up.

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