Think about the last time you experienced pain. According to a market research report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain of varying degrees. An estimated 100 million adults are burdened by chronic pain in the U.S. alone. If you are among one of the millions of Americans who have suffered with pain for several months or longer, you may have a chronic condition.
Living with chronic pain can elevate feelings of depression. Similarly, people who live with depression also experience chronic pain. The winter season often results in an increase in depression, typically knowns as seasonal affective disorder, and those living with pain often experience increased winter blues. Consequently, the link between pain and depression is strong.
One of the common recommendations we make for patients with fibromyalgia is to get some aerobic exercise. We often suggest going for brisk walk for at least 30 minutes a day. Here’s why.
For anyone of the 5 and 10 million Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia, winter can be extremely difficult. As we?ve discussed before, fibromyalgia has a variety of symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, all of which are often exacerbated by winter?s frigid temperatures, short, grey days, and rapid changes in barometric pressure.
It?s estimated that between 5 and 10 million Americans suffer from this disorder, and Lady Gaga?s announcement to deal with fibromyalgia-related trauma and chronic pain, has really put a spotlight on it.