Depression: A Common Fibromyalgia Symptom
Many people who battle fibromyalgia symptoms also deal with depression. Discover five fibromyalgia therapy strategies that may help relieve depression.
Most fibromyalgia patients are exhausted all the time and suffer from painful muscles and joints. But these aren’t the only common symptoms of fibromyalgia — at least one fourth of fibromyalgia patients also have some form of depression. In fact, adult fibromyalgia patients are much more likely than those without fibromyalgia to be depressed.
The link between fibromyalgia symptoms and depression makes sense. First, coping with the severe pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia can be frustrating and disruptive to your lifestyle. And fibromyalgia symptoms can also lead you through unchartered territory as you work through a maze of health care providers.
Fibromyalgia has long been characterized as a misunderstood condition which affects the normal function of the brain, spinal cord and nerves, causing widespread pain as well as fatigue as a result. Many individual’s frequently describe these prevalent symptoms, however, others experience symptoms of depression. Depression can be linked to a variety or conditions, in this case, recent studies have concluded that fibromyalgia may become worse with depression. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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