Chronic Muscle Stiffness is another term used to describe FM; however the condition is often misdiagnosed as Chronic Muscle Stiffness if the sufferer does not appear to have any of the other symptoms associated with FM.
Sufferers of Chronic Muscle Stiffness can often find that they have difficulty walking or straightening up after being in the seated position for a period of time.
It is a problem which generally affects women in the late thirties to late fifties although in recent years an increasing number of men have been diagnosed as suffering from the condition.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Muscle Stiffness?
Chronic Muscle Stiffness not only involves pains in the muscles and ligaments of the sufferer but also can manifest itself with:
These symptoms may manifest themselves in clusters depending on the sufferer or they can be experience en masse as it were depending on the level of chronic discomfort.
How to Cope with Chronic Muscle Stiffness?
Just like FM, Chronic Muscle Stiffness can come and go and there are times when the sufferer will experience what are described as ‘flare-ups’. These ‘flare-ups’ can sometimes be days or weeks apart or in severe cases can continue unabated for lengthy periods of time.
As there is no known cure for this problem – and neither is there a cure for FM – you may find that you have to cope as best you can and consult your doctor for pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication.
The condition can be a very stressful one especially if you have been particularly active in your work and social life and this too can be difficult to deal with. The problem itself may lead to bouts of depression during which time the sufferer may feel that they are no longer in charge of their body and can feel as though they are being cut off from those around them.
It is important to try and cope as best you can with such illness and many sufferers keep a diary or journal detailing their symptoms and how they have went about their daily routines. This information is useful not only as a means of coping with the condition but as a means of providing their doctor with as much information as possible when in consultation.
Treating Chronic Muscle Stiffness
(Guess what?) It is difficult to treat this condition along with FM, the illness which so often accompanies Chronic Muscle Stiffness. Your doctor may prescribe a course of anti-inflammatory medication to try and relieve inflammation and tenderness around the joints although he or she may only do this for a short period of time to monitor their effectiveness. Anti-inflammatory drugs are monitored as prolonged use can – and does in certain cases – cause stomach ulcers and possible liver complications.
In addition your doctor may suggest some light exercise which may involve simply sitting in a chair and flexing the arms and legs in order to keep the joints moving. You should do this but only to the point where you feel pain. This is one condition where the saying ‘No Pain, No Gain’ does NOT apply!