"I'm Suspecting Fibromyalgia Symptoms… What Should I Watch For In My Children?"

By Carol Ryland

No two cases of fibromyalgia symptoms are exactly alike. This is especially true for children.  Usually, issues that present themselves as growing pains, are just that… related to the changes in the child’s body as he or she grows.  However, sometimes symptoms present in such a way that we can determine that what’s happening to the child is abnormal.  Fibromyalgia symptoms are sneaky… they appear to come and go, get worse then better with no rhyme or reason, and may even occur in groups of seemingly unrelated conditions.  It’s even difficult for doctors to be sure sometimes… there are no definitive lab tests, just medical exams and the appearance of a complex range of symptoms to be evaluated.

Bad dreams and insomnia might be a passing phase, but when they present with severe  headaches, sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises, strong smells… or extreme fatigue, painful tender points on the body, it’s time to be concerned. Individually, these issues may appear inoffensive enough, and most of us have experienced them at some point in our life. But when grouped together, these negative reactions to day-to-day life can form a pattern that indicates a bigger medical problem… fibromyalgia symptoms.

The toughest issue for parents and doctors alike, is that youngsters do not have enough life experience to always know that something is really wrong with them, much less, an effective way to describe it.  And when they do say something, we may not really be listening… not realizing that they’re asking us for help.  Even doctors frequently give a clean-bill-of-health to children, missing the fibromyalgia symptoms that are present, or dismissing their significance.

There are more things that you, as a parent, can keep an eye out for including:  fatigue that doesn’t go away after rest or sleep… that’s also made worse by physical effort or stress, difficulty adapting to changes in external temperature, difficulty in recognizing familiar landmarks or faces, and difficulty concentrating and finding words to express themselves.  Sounds weird, doesn’t it.  So many simple things can be misread or written-off as inattention, laziness, sleepiness, and so on.

Become educated about fibromyalgia. There are many more symptoms that can provide evidence of fibromyalgia than what I have shown here, and the symptoms and reactions of each child will be different. If your child’s behavior changes unexpectedly after an illness or injury… watch for fibromyalgia symptoms.  Serious illnesses (like Epstein Barr) and accidents are both considered to be triggers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes by medical professionals and research scientists. If you believe you child may have fibromyalgia, please make notes to share with your physician.

Fibromyalgia symptoms are also symptoms indicative of various other diseases, particularly the autoimmune illness group… and the diseases themselves appear to run in packs.  This makes the diagnosis of fibromyalgia even more difficult for even the most knowledgeable specialist.  An individual can have fibromyalgia symptoms and also have chronic fatigue or lupus. Like many autoimmune illnesses, fibromyalgia appears to have a genetic component.  Although it’s more common in girls and women, than boys and men, don’t be fooled into believing your son could not have the syndrome. Also, tell your physician if you have a family member who has fibromyalgia symptoms and/or is being treated for this or any other syndrome. 

If your child is diagnosed with fibromyalgia symptoms, work with your physician to customize a treatment program that will address the child’s specific needs. While there isn’t any cure for this syndrome, there are treatments for the symptoms that can offer relief.  The treatment program should be reviewed regularly and often to keep up with the emergence of the specific fibromyalgia symptoms exhibited by your child.  Symptoms like trigger point pain, can vary in intensity and physical location on the body.  Bottom line, the symptoms can change on a daily basis.  Some may even disappear altogether and others emerge.  So, care and treatment of the child must be ongoing and regularly reevaluated.

Besides the medicine programs offered by your child’s doctor, there are natural treatments that may be of help.  The AMA and CDC recognize the value of a nutritional supplement program to fortify your youngster’s diet, help to redirect the body’s immunological response, and fight the illness at the cellular level.  As a fibromyalgia survivor myself, I have found and personally utilize a nutritional supplement program that may help your youngster defeat this disabling illness.  For more information about the natural treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms, contact me now by clicking on one of the links below.  


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