Everyone has seen those Lyrica commercials about fibromyalgia pain, that it can be debilitating or it can be utterly painful to do anything. But there are some common problems with diagnosing women when it comes to chronic pain because most symptoms women show of fibromyalgia can overlap with symptoms of chronic pelvic pain and vice versa. Here’s some effective ways to understand the pain management of fibromyalgia and chronic pelvic pain.

Fibromyalgia is no laughing joke, nor is chronic pelvic pain. Both diagnoses share symptoms such as chronic pain, centralized pain in certain parts of the body, and chronic fatigue or tiredness. But chronic pelvic pain is much different than fibromyalgia. Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by painful periods in a woman’s natural cycle, pain associated with uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts and inflammation of a woman’s reproductive parts or urinary system.

Fibromyalgia barely accounts for pain in the reproductive system, but symptoms of fibromyalgia include deep muscle pain, joint stiffness in the morning, and tender points. Yet both sources of chronic pain can be treated with pain medicine or alternative therapies such as exercise. Exercise is the key thing to managing the intensity of your symptoms for both chronic pelvic pain and fibromyalgia. A simple jog in the morning on a treadmill or walking can helps reduce inflammation and flares. But acupuncture also targets the painful areas of the body where it hurts the most and brings it to a neutral state and works just as well.

There are other forms of therapy that can help with fibromyalgia and chronic pelvic pain which include ultrasound therapy or meditation that can control the centralized pain of both chronic pelvic pain and fibromyalgia. Forms of holistic therapies such as yoga, have been shown to reduce the intensity due to its multiple poses to focus on muscle awareness. Make sure to also bring up dietary problems because the intensity of the pain can be caused by the types of food you eat. So making sure you get the nutrition and exercise you need will also be important to the overall well-being of managing your chronic pain.

If you are diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain or fibromyalgia, make sure that you seek all options of therapy for your problems. There are so many new discoveries out there for managing your fibromyalgia pain or chronic pelvic pain that do not include prescription medication. Don’t ever live your life debilitated by pain.