(Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). Other treatment options include, but are not limited to, stretching, yoga, pilates, weightlifting, kickboxing, and aerobics. Neuropathic pain will
respond to most traditional approaches including opioid therapy, however, higher doses of opioids are required to control this type of pain (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). Fibromyalgia Related to Gender and Age Women are twice as likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men (Mayo Clinic, 2017). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018): Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, about 2% of the adult population. Though FM can affect anyone regardless of age, it generally does not get diagnosed as such until middle age and becomes more prevalent the older one becomes. It is exceedingly difficult to be diagnosed with FM, so this condition can be misdiagnosed for several years before being diagnosed correctly and getting the help one truly needs. As the awareness level of the disease becomes more well known, healthcare providers must be vigilant in getting a full history on the patient that will include any traumas, stress levels, and repeated injuries. To reduce any side effects, one must take into consideration the level of medication this type of patient will be taking and go from there. Medications can make one feel awful nausea, headaches, and muscle cramping to name a few. As each patient must be treated individually, so must each symptom in order to improve the patient’s quality of life. References Arcangelo, V., & Peterson, A. (2017). Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice, 4th Edition. Wolters Kluwer Health.
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