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The Benefits of a Fibromyalgia Service Dog | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

The Benefits of a Fibromyalgia Service Dog

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Fibromylagia is a form of rheumatism that affects soft tissue and not the joints. Individuals who suffer from the Fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS encounter chronic pain in different points of the body such as the upper back, neck, lower back and more. Using a Fibromyalgia service dog can help alleviate that pain in many ways.

Research and studies show that individuals who suffer from chronic pain and have service dogs are able to better cope with the symptoms over those who don’t have such dogs do. Even people with heart ailments who have dogs or pets are less likely to need more medical attention after being discharged from the hospital, studies say.

Perhaps the reason why having a service dog helps in treating the symptoms of FMS is because having a warm, loyal and furry friend helps one to cope with the pain that comes with the affliction. This is because the patient may feel more secure and content with the presence of a dog and it gives them something else to focus on other than their pain.

In some cases, a dog or pet can prove to be the motivation a person with FMS needs to get out of bed in the morning despite feeling like they’d much rather stay under the covers.

Studies have also shown that owning pets, particularly trained dogs can help alleviate stress. This fact is especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from FMS because stress needs to be avoided at all times to avoid occurrence or the worsening of symptoms. This is why many FMS treatments include stress alleviation through drugs or natural alternative remedies.

A lot of individuals with FMS may shy away from the prospect of having a dog because they may think that owning a pet may be too much to manage especially when FMS symptoms set it. However, a properly trained dog can really help if mobility is impaired. They can do activities like switching on and off lights, help with the laundry, opening doors and retrieving items.

Although you will need to be able to meet the needs of you dog too. They have to be fed and watered, given room to run and exercise and you should ensure that nothing in your house or garden could cause them harm.

If you are interested in getting a service dog to help you then you will need to be legally registered as having a disability as service dogs are specifically trained to help with particular conditions. You’ll need to complete forms and submit them to the organization of your choice. It’s important to note that this process can be length and expensive, so check to see if you are entitled to any compensation

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4 Responses

  1. marty patrician
    June 28th, 2007 | 6:33 pm

    I have a chijuajua I bought her for emotional support I am a therapist and worked at a school for emotionally distrubed children The dog served a dual purpose I soon discovered that she is a great hot water bottle, a blankie, friend exercise partner, alarm clock, wipes up my blood pressure loweror, a tissue when she dies up my tears, an anti depresseant.

    I have the paper work ready to go for a non profit it called Paws For Cause. I would encourage anyone, to just do it. Get a small dog and then worry about how you can get a letter from a doctor,then go on the web and look-up the different types of certification. I still have not gotten her formally certified. The way I got her “legal” is that I am a licensed therapist and the dog has an ID from the school, but I do not go there anymore. Due to a bad back, a nurse wrote that she helped me pick up things of of the floor. I then ordered a vest off the internet with a patch that says “Therapy Dog.”’ There is a down side, co-dependence, not good for the dog. We go to the dog park, I get to make myself move and the social interaction is nice too. She has helped me not to become isolated. I neverknew a dog could be such an important and necesary part of my life.  I am in the process of re-inventing myself! The dog has kept me off of anti-depressants.

  2. July 27th, 2007 | 4:24 am

    i thought it was just me and to find someone feels the same is a comfort..i felt that a pet could help distract and offer much more while i go thru this which am at the beginnniing but have jus been apprived for my disability..and yes it was a hard so happy the government is starting to understand the pain we go thru and is starting to help..i almost gave up so all of you out there….there is help and God bless

  3. RobynB
    September 16th, 2009 | 11:31 pm

    I have battled FM and bad back pain for many years..I consider my Papillon a service dog. He sleeps against my shoulder or back most nites and he helps bring down the stress at home by being next to me on the couch. He really helps me while I’m driving by lying on my lap.
    My problem is I’d like to take him into the movies and on airplane trips also. I called the Justice Dept. regarding the ADA and she said he would only be considered a support dog not a service dog..therefore I would not be eligible to have him registered soo this leaves me pondering over if I should just put a vest on him and go for it??? I have always disliked others for having `fakes’ just to get their dogs into areas that other wise would not allow them. HELP

  4. July 4th, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    I have fybromyalgia and was wondering if a service dog would be right for me. What exactly does this type of dog do for people with fybro? And how severe does the pain have to be to have the dog?

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