It can be very difficult to live with an invisible illness, such as fibromyalgia. Most people may have heard of the condition, but many will not truly understand what it is like having to manage the physical pain that comes with the health issue.
For a lot of new fibromyalgia sufferers, it can also be challenging to have the condition diagnosed correctly because many of the symptoms overlap with other health issues. This is why it is important to see a specialist doctor, such as Dr Bhadauria who is a fibromyalgia specialist based in London, to make sure you get the correct diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia is thought to affect up to one in 25 people in the UK and symptoms can develop on their own, or more commonly will be triggered following an illness, or some physical injury or mental trauma.
What is fibromyalgia?
Although the symptoms of fibromyalgia and the severity of the symptoms felt can vary from person to person, the condition is usually characterised by a chronic level of aches and pain, restless sleep, extreme fatigue and brain fog.
Some other very common symptoms experienced can include pins and needles in hands and feet, poor concentration levels, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and digestive problems.
Experiencing poor sleep in itself can heighten some symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as feeling physically and mentally tired and poor concentration levels. Many sufferers have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, even though they often cannot sleep.
A life-changing condition
Fibromyalgia sufferers can find the condition to be life-changing. It can affect your ability to work, exercise and even socialise with your family and friends. It can also affect your relationships with people because of it being a hidden condition that isn’t instantly recognisable, such as having a broken leg, wearing a full cast and walking around with crutches.
Your condition can easily be forgotten by others around you, especially if they don’t have an invisible illness too. Having to turn down an offer for a long walk in the countryside or a night out dancing because of the pain and exhaustion you feel can also lead you to be left out of events, and this can cause depression and anxiety to develop.
However, you can get a proper diagnosis, expert help and the latest treatments available from a leading fibromyalgia specialist in London. Dr Bhadauria is here to help you if you suspect you have fibromyalgia, or you already have been diagnosed with the condition.
How Dr Bhadauria can help
Because fibromyalgia can be similar to other health conditions, Dr Bhadauria will test for these other conditions to rule them out. He uses an in-depth testing and monitoring system as well as blood and urine tests to help rule out other conditions.
Dr Bhadauria will work with you to create a plan to help you improve the quality of your life. Your management plan may include a combination of treatments or practices that will be personalised to suit you, your level of symptoms and your lifestyle, and may include medications, exercises, physiotherapy, and treatments to help improve your mental state.
You will also be reassessed regularly to make sure your management plan is still effective, or if any adjustments need to be made as fibromyalgia symptoms can change over time.