“Dunia pergi menjauh dan akhirat datang mendekat. Kerana itu, jadilah kalian anak-anak akhirat, jangan menjadi budak-budak dunia. Sekarang waktunya beramal, dan tidak ada penghisaban. Sedangkan besok waktunya penghisaban, tidak ada amal.”
~ Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu.
Sakit-sakit otot dan titik-titik tertentu pada badan memang biasa kita dengar di kalangan orang yang berumur dan warga tua, tetapi ini juga tidak terkecuali kepada orang-orang yang lebih muda. Mengikut istilah perubatan, sakit-sakit otot dan titik-titik tertentu pada badan ini dikenali sebagai fibromyalgia.
Di antara simptom utama bagi penyakit ini, yang juga dikenali sebagai sindrom fibromyalgia (FMS), ialah sakit otot, sakit pada titik-titik tertentu, bengkak-bengkak di tangan, lengan, kaki dan betis, terasa kaku di waktu pagi, masalah tidur, keletihan, kemurungan, dan sakit kepala.
Pengenalan lebih terperinci tentang penyakit fibromyalgia dipanjangkan di bawah ini….
The main fibromyalgia signs and symptoms include deep muscle pain, painful tender points, and morning stiffness. Other major symptoms of fibromyalgia include sleep problems, fatigue, and anxiety. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will need to review your symptoms and signs of fibromyalgia.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia — also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS — may include:
Concentration and memory problems — known as “fibro fog”
Irritable bowel syndrome
Painful menstrual cramps
Swelling, numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
Is Pain the Most Common Symptom of Fibromyalgia?
Yes. Widespread pain is characteristic of more than 97% of patients with fibromyalgia. In fact, pain is usually what forces a person with fibromyalgia to see his or her doctor.
Unlike the joint pain of osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia pain is felt over the entire body. The pain can be a deep, sharp, dull, throbbing, or aching and is pain that’s felt in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joints. The Arthritis Foundation describes the muscle and tissue pain as tender, aching, throbbing, sore, burning, and gnawing.
For some people with fibromyalgia, the pain comes and goes. The pain also seems to travel throughout the body.
Do Painful Tender Points Accompany Fibromyalgia Pain?
Along with the deep muscle soreness and body aches, people with fibromyalgia have painful tender points or localized areas of tenderness around their joints that hurt when pressed with a finger. It’s the tissue around the joints rather than the joints themselves that hurts. These tender points are often not areas of deep pain. Instead, they are superficial, located under the surface of the skin.
The location of tender points is not random. They are in predictable places on the body. If you apply pressure to tender points on a person without fibromyalgia, he or she would just feel pressure. For a person with fibromyalgia, pressing the tender points is extremely painful.
Is Fatigue a Fibromyalgia Symptom?
Next to pain and tender points, fatigue is a major complaint. Fatigue in fibromyalgia refers to a lingering tiredness that is more constant and limiting than what we would usually expect. Some patients complain of being tired even when they should feel rested, such as when they’ve had enough sleep. Some patients report the fatigue of fibromyalgia as being similar to symptoms of flu. Some compare it to how it feels after working long hours and missing a lot of sleep.
With fibromyalgia, you may feel:
Fatigue on arising in the morning
Fatigue after mild activity such as grocery shopping or cooking dinner
Too fatigued to start a project such as folding or ironing
Too fatigued to exercise
More fatigued after exercise
Too fatigued for sex
Too fatigued to function adequately at work
Are Sleep Disturbances a Common Symptom of Fibromyalgia?
Sleep disturbances are common in the majority of people with fibromyalgia. While people with fibromyalgia may not have difficulty falling asleep, their sleep is light and easily disturbed. Many awaken in the morning feeling exhausted and unrefreshed. These sleep disturbances may help create a constant state of fatigue.
During sleep, individuals with fibromyalgia are constantly interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to the activity that occurs in the brain when they are awake. Tests in sleep labs done on individuals with fibromyalgia have shown that people with fibromyalgia experience interruptions in deep sleep. These interruptions limit the amount of time they spend in deep sleep. As a result, their body is unable to rejuvenate itself.
Does Morning Stiffness Affect Many Fibromyalgia Patients?
Studies show that more than 75% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia feel stiffness in the morning when they get up. The stiffness is extensive — affecting the muscles and joints of the back, arms, and legs. It makes them feel the need to “loosen up” after getting out of bed before beginning their usual activities.
Some people with fibromyalgia report that the morning stiffness may last only a few minutes, but in general, it is usually very noticeable for more than 15 to 20 minutes each day. In some cases, though, the stiffness lasts for hours, and in others it seems to be present all day.
While most people feel stiff when they first wake up, the stiffness associated with fibromyalgia is much more than simply a minor aching. In fact, people with fibromyalgia have the same feeling of stiffness in the morning that people feel with many types of arthritis, especially rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis.
Is a Fibromyalgia Symptom?
Depression is a key symptom for many people with fibromyalgia. Approximately one out of every four patients with fibromyalgia has current major depression. And one out of every two people with fibromyalgia has a lifetime history of depression.
Stress from the constant pain and fatigue can cause anxiety. Also, chronic pain can result in a person being less active and becoming more withdrawn. This, in turn, can lead to depression.
It is also possible that anxiety and depression may actually be a part of fibromyalgia, just like the pain. Many patients with depression and fibromyalgia tell of having great difficulty concentrating on their work along with impaired short-term memory at times.
What Causes Swelling and Tingling Hands With Fibromyalgia?
Neurological complaints — such as numbness, tingling, and burning — are often present with fibromyalgia. While the causes of these feelings is unclear, numbness or tingling sensations in the hands, arms, or legs are felt by more than half of the people with fibromyalgia. The feelings may be especially bothersome when they occur in the mornings along with morning stiffness on arising.
The medical term for these sensations is paresthesia. The sensations usually happen at irregular times. When they do occur, they may last a few minutes or they may be constant. While the sensations can be bothersome, they are not severely limiting.
Are Chronic Headaches a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?
Chronic headaches, such as recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches, are common in about 70% of people with fibromyalgia. They can pose a major problem in a person’s ability to cope with and self-manage FMS.
The headaches may be a result of pain in the neck and upper part of the back. They are often caused by tightness and contraction of the muscles of the neck, which results in a type of headache called tension-type headaches or muscle-contraction headaches. They may also be caused by stender points over the back of the head and neck. It is important to remember that other medical problems can cause headaches that should be properly diagnosed and treated by your doctor.
Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?
Constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas, and nausea represent symptoms frequently found in roughly 40% to 70% of patients with fibromyalgia. Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also occurs with the same high frequency.
Is Urinary Frequency a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?
Feeling an urge to urinate, urinary frequency, painful urination, or incontinence can happen in about 25% or more of the cases fibromyalgia. Since these problems can also be caused by other bladder and kidney diseases, such as an infection, check with your doctor to be sure no other problems are present.
Do Menstrual Cramps Affect Women With Fibromyalgia?
Unusually painful menstrual cramps occur in 30% to 40% or more of women with fibromyalgia. These cramps, along with other symptoms, are usually present for years.
What is restless legs syndrome with fibromyalgia?
Restless legs syndrome results in discomfort in the legs, especially the areas of the legs below the knees, and the feet. It is especially bothersome at night. The feeling can be painful, but most commonly it is described as the need to move the legs to try to make them comfortable.
Restless legs syndrome often interrupts sleep as the person tries to find a comfortable position for rest. As with other symptoms, restless legs syndrome can be found alone or along with other medical problems.
Spesies baru ikan yu yang boleh mengembungkan badan dijumpai di perairan Filipina baru-baru ini. Ini akan menambahkan lagi koleksi biodiversiti di kawasan Asia Tenggara.
Inflatable Shark Among 300 New Species Discovered in Philippines
Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor
Date: 27 June 2011
A treasure trove of hundreds of new species may have been discovered in the Philippines, including a bizarre sea star that feeds exclusively on sunken driftwood and a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that swells up to scare off other predators.
Scientists braved leeches and a host of venomous creatures from the mountains to the sea to uncover more than 300 species that are likely new to science. These findings include dozens of new insects and spiders, more than 50 colorful new sea slugs and a number of deep-sea armored corals “which protect themselves against predatory nibbles from fish by growing large, spiky plates,” said researcher Terrence Gosliner, Dean of Science and Research Collections at the California Academy of Sciences and leader of the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition.
Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and their colleagues from the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines conducted a 42-day expedition this past spring to survey Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago, as well as its surrounding waters.
“Maksud Hadis Nabi SAW: “Janganlah kamu mengagumi orang yang memperoleh harta dari yang haram. Sungguh, bila dia menafkahkannya atau bersedekah, tidak akan diterima Allah; dan bila disimpan hartanya tidak akan berkah. Bila tersisa pun hartanya akan menjadi bekalnya di neraka”. (HR Abu Dawud)
Orang yang mengidap pelbagai penyakit kronik, yang sentiasa berada dalam kesakitan, tentu sekali ingin mendapatkan teknik atau cara untuk meringankan rasa kesakitan yang ditanggung. Sejak beribu-ribu tahun dahulu, manusia telah diberi pengetahuan oleh yang Maha Pencipta untuk merawat dan mengurangkan penyakit. Allah SWT yang memberi penyakit dan pada masa yang sama Allah SWT juga menyediakan ubatnya, cumanya manusia harus mencari ubatnya. Ini tidak lain dan tidak bukan hanya sebagai ujian daripada Allah SWT untuk menilai sejauh mana kesabaran dan usaha manusia untuk menjalani kehidupan yang ditentukan-Nya.
Salah satu teknik yang amat mudah untuk mengurangkan rasa kesakitan dikenali sebagai auriculotherapy iaitu memberi tekanan dengan objek tumpul (jari atau bahan lain) pada titik-titik tertentu di telinga untuk merangsangnya. Teknik ini serupa dengan teknik refleksologi atau akupunktur yang diamalkan oleh masyarakat China sejak beribu tahun dahulu. Teknik auriculotherapy ini telah diakui oleh the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dan The World Health Organization (WHO).
Teknik penggunaannya dipanjangkan dalam artikel berikut untuk dikongsi dan diharapkan dapat memberi manfaat kepada semua….
Melt Away Pain … High Blood Pressure … Excess Weight … Alcohol or Drug Addiction … Diabetes … Insomnia … and 350 Diseases…Doing Nothing More than…Touching Your Ear!
Learn how to “turn off” health problems with a simple, scientifically-based technique you can use at home to treat yourself.
If you suffer from chronic health problems … pain … addiction to alcohol or drugs … excess weight … low sex drive … or virtually any disease … this may be the most exciting message you’ll ever read. You may have tried just about everything to heal your health problems, but when nothing has helped, you may feel there isn’t anything else you can do. However, there is ….
… a little-known treatment based on an ancient technique that can quickly help even long-standing health problems. . . in people of all ages.
The simple solution you’ll learn about here is not on the radar of most doctors and other practitioners in the healthcare industry. The method is so easy, you’ll wonder how it could possibly work. And it couldn’t be simpler to do.
If you can touch your outer ears and just apply pressure on certain areas — called reflex points — you can say goodbye to those ailments that have bothered you for so long. You see, each reflex point on the outer ear affects a specific organ or system in your body. Stimulate that point on your outer ear and the body itself takes over and begins correcting the problem.
You can literally … Switch Off Pain with Your Fingertips. Yes, with your fingertips!
Just imagine having a headache … or back pain … or pain caused by arthritis or sciatica … or any other kind of pain. All you’d have to do is apply pressure on a specific point on your outer ear (called the Pain Control Point). Once you do this, the outer ear sends messages to the brain. The brain then transmits “orders” to the body to flood the system with pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins. The moment high levels of these biochemicals are introduced in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, the body kills pain spontaneously — without the use of drug-based painkillers.
So pain is gone … almost instantly.
Endorphins and enkephalins have an analgesic effect, and are known to be just as effective as morphine in stopping pain. This is why auriculotherapy has been used as a natural way to combat chronic pain and migraine headache. It’s the healthiest pain relief available with no side effects!
Jump Starts Your Body’s Self-Healing Mechanism
The human body is a magnificently engineered self-healing organism which can do all of the healing and repair work for virtually any health condition … as long as you supply it with a jump start.
Applying pressure on various points on your outer ear is usually the jump start you’ll ever need. The body’s self-healing ability is awesomely powerful, and always ready to carry out all of the work to fully and quickly heal itself.
All you need is the knowledge of which points to press, and how to stimulate those points.
This amazing technique is called auriculotherapy (aw-RIK-ulo-therapy), also called auricular therapy. That may not be a familiar term to you — and you may even think it sounds mystical. Even if you haven’t heard of it before, auriculotherapy is not an unconventional or unproven treatment. Quite the contrary … auriculotherapy is recognized and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and The World Health Organization (WHO).
The treatment is quite simple. At clinics, licensed practitioners stimulate specific points on the outer ears with acupuncture needles or devices that apply microcurrents.
But the good news is that the process also works by just applying pressure with your fingers, or a small, blunt-tipped instrument — such as the end of a match stick. You can successfully use auriculotherapy to treat health problems that have plagued you, your friends or your loved ones for years.