Fibromyalgia Care Plan



Ref: CP069

Fibromyalgia Care Plan

Fibromyalgia means pain coming from the muscles and fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments. The main symptoms are generalised pain felt in many areas of the body, and tiredness, the neck and back are often the most painful. The severity of the pain can vary from day to day and person to person, and may be made worse by stress, cold, or activity.

Other symptoms can include increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, restless legs syndrome, pins and needles in fingers or toes, feeling too hot or too cold, depression or anxiety. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate with no single triggering event.

The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain, and changes in the way the central nervous system processes pain messages. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.

The Fibromyalgia Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred strategy.

Fibromyalgia Care Plan Features:

Identifies the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia

Identifies the issues the resident faces due to the fibromyalgia

Identifies possible complications

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