medical IDs for fibromyalgia

Medical IDs for Fibromyalgia

The confidence to live with fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia live with chronic pain and fatigue. Although the symptoms can decrease at times, there is always the threat of another flare-up. Fibromyalgia can be managed and treated, but it’s important for those living with the condition to have safeguards in place in case of a severe flare-up.

That’s why medical IDs for fibromyalgia are so important for those living with this condition.

How MedicAlert protects those with fibromyalgia

One thing you shouldn’t worry about is what could happen if there’s an emergency. MedicAlert’s protection plans offer benefits that extend beyond the ID, providing safety and peace of mind for people living with fibromyalgia, their families and caregivers.

24/7 Emergency Response

Our team provides first responders the information they need to provide fast, accurate care.

Digital Health Profile

All your vital information, all in one place for you and your caregiver.

Emergency Contact Notification

In an emergency, we connect families so that no one is alone in a crisis.

Patient Instructions

Share the information that’s important to your care, such as use of rescue medications or contraindication for tests like MRIs.

Pair a medical ID for fibromyalgia with the protection plan that’s right for you.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanies by issues with fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood. Around 4 million adults have fibromyalgia, according to the CDC. Because the condition is chronic, people living with this condition must develop a management plan with their healthcare providers.

Who gets fibromyalgia?

Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, even children. However, it is more common in older adults. Factors that can lead to fibromyalgia can include genetics, severe physical injury, or infections. It isn’t clear exactly why or how fibromyalgia occurs, but there are some risk factors for the condition.

Women are more likely to have fibromyalgia than men. It also tends to run in families. People with certain other health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or osteoarthritis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia symptoms.

What are the effects of fibromyalgia?

People with fibromyalgia experience pain to varying degrees. During a flare-up, pain can become extremely intense. Additionally, the condition can cause a person to become more sensitive to pain, due to the way the body processes pain signals.

Pain is the hallmark of fibromyalgia, but there can be several other symptoms as well. Many people experience stiffness and fatigue due to the condition, and may also have trouble sleeping. Some people experience mental health symptoms, such as depression or anxiety. Headaches and poor concentration are also common.

These symptoms can make it difficult for people with fibromyalgia to participate in their daily activities. Pain and trouble concentrating can make working or studying extremely challenging. The condition can affect overall quality of life and can result in hospitalizations.

Some people with fibromyalgia have other conditions that commonly coexist. These can include chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome.

What to engrave on MedicAlert medical IDs for fibromyalgia:

MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our fibromyalgia bracelets and medical ID products. The engraving on your medical ID for fibromyalgia should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Medications you’re taking
  • Allergies to drugs
  • Other medical conditions
  • Implanted devices
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders
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Sample engraving. Consult our team if you need help engraving your medical ID for fibromyalgia.

Treatment options for fibromyalgia

Because it is a chronic condition, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, there are several management strategies that can be used together to help people living with the condition find relief from their symptoms.

Medical fibromyalgia treatment options include medication, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. People with fibromyalgia see a rheumatologist to work out an individual management plan.

Self-care strategies include getting regular exercise and stress management practices. These may include yoga, meditation, massage, and more. Emphasis on good-quality sleep can also help people manage their fibromyalgia symptoms.

Some people can also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for mental health symptoms relating to fibromyalgia. Many people experience depression and anxiety in conjunction with fibromyalgia and talk therapy can be extremely valuable in these cases.

As with any medical concern, you should consult your doctor for specific instructions on managing your condition.

American Chronic Pain Association

The American Chronic Pain Association provides resources for those living with fibromyalgia, and access to support groups for help managing chronic pain.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia

To diagnose fibromyalgia, doctors ask questions about specific pain regions to determine the likelihood that a person has the condition. Your doctor may also order blood tests to rule out any similar health conditions. A sleep study may be required if sleep apnea is suspected for sleep issues. Family history, x-rays, and other diagnostic tools may also be used to pin down a fibromyalgia diagnosis so treatment can begin.

How medical IDs for fibromyalgia combined with MedicAlert  Membership provide 24/7 peace of mind

  • We’re your voice:  If you can’t speak for yourself due to a medical emergency, your ID will speak for you – informing others about your fibromyalgia and any medications you’re taking.

  • 24/7 emergency protection:  In an emergency, the MedicAlert team will relay all of your critical medical information to first responders, no matter where or when your emergency happens.

  • Always connected:  You should never be alone in an emergency. That’s why MedicAlert will reach out to your designated contacts if you are unable to do so.

  • Live with peace of mind and confidence:  MedicAlert will be there for you every step of the way. With your medical ID for fibromyalgia you’ll have the confidence and freedom to live your life assured we’ve got you covered. 
DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information in this article is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.