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Care for those living with fibromyalgia

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Some cases of fibromyalgia can be more severe than others. This means that while some people may feel able to manage without assistance, many of those living with the condition will require additional care to help them throughout the day.

Living with fibromyalgia doesn’t always interfere with people’s abilities to carry out certain tasks alone. However, having the right knowledge about the condition can help you to manage it better or help someone living with the effects of fibromyalgia.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pains all over the body, as well as muscle stiffness, fatigue and even problems with concentration. There is no specific test for fibromyalgia so it’s often difficult to diagnose in the first place. This is because typical symptoms of fibromyalgia can also be very similar to those of other conditions, including arthritis, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

It’s estimated that anywhere between 2 million and 3 million people in the UK today are living with fibromyalgia – this means as many as 1 in 20 people may be affected. It typically develops in people between the ages of 25 to 55, but it’s also been know to occur in children and the elderly. Additionally, women are statistically more likely to be among those living with the condition.

Supporting people with fibromyalgia

There’s no cure for fibromyalgia at present, but there are several ways of treating it instead. This helps with relieving the symptoms day-to-day and makes it a bit easier to live with. Medication like painkillers and antidepressants are fairly common, while other home remedies – including gentle exercises and relaxing techniques – will also go a long way towards helping.

Your GP will be able to advise on certain treatments and therapies once they’ve diagnosed fibromyalgia. No two cases of the condition are the same though as it affects everyone in slightly different ways. The level of treatment or support an individual needs, therefore, will largely depend on how it affects them.

Whilst certain tasks will often be manageable for people on their own, someone with fibromyalgia may well need to rely on the support and assistance of caregivers. In many cases, it’s common for a family member or close friend to become a full time carer, but seeking out a professional care worker can also help to relive some of the pressure.
 

Across the country, SureCare employs teams of care workers who can support people in their own homes with their daily tasks and routines. Whether you just need short occasional visits or full-time attentive care, we consult with you to discuss your condition, personal requirements and home life. This helps us to provide you with a unique care package that’s tailored specifically to you and your needs.
 

To find out more about your local SureCare team and get in touch with them today, simply head to our Find a Branch page for further details. Alternatively, you can contact SureCare’s head office on 01244 321 199 or email enquiries@surecare.co.uk