Those of us living with fibromyalgia experience the constant feeling of muscle tightness or muscle fatigue as though we have been strenuously exercising. In order to lessen these pains, exercising is recommended. Sometimes these exercises can cause delayed onset muscle soreness.
What is delayed onset muscle soreness?
Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is when small microscopic tears occur in the muscle fibers and is a small muscle strain injury.
DOMS occurs 12-24 hours after the exercise with the greatest pain being 24-72 hours after the exercise. It usually lasts 3-5 days.
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What causes DOMS?
Any exercise that works or stretches the muscles can cause tears in the muscle fibers. Exercises that are more common to cause it are jogging, running, step aerobics, strength training or walking downhill.
What are the symptoms of DOMS?
Soreness is not the only symptom. Other symptoms include:
- swelling of the affected area
- stiffness of joints
- tenderness to area
- weakness in the affected muscle area
- muscle tissue damage (rare and severe cases)
When to seek medical attention
Most cases of delayed onset muscle soreness does not require medical attention; however, if your limbs become severely swollen or urine is dark, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What are the treatment options?
Many of the treatment options for fibromyalgia can be used for this type of muscle soreness. They include:
- ice pack
- tender-point acupressure
- pain medicine (ibuprofen, etc)
- topical ointment (Bengay)
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How to prevent DOMS
Just like preventing fibromyalgia flares, they are no for-sure ways to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness. There are ways, however, to lessen the soreness.
- stretch before and after each exercise
- take your time with each exercise and any new exercise program
- take breaks in between exercise regiments
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