Pro’s And Con’s Of Video Gaming With Fibromyalgia

I love playing my video games. There isn’t a videogame in the world that I wouldn’t try once. My favorite type are MMORPG’s or Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. I could play those games for days, and I have. If you aren’t familiar with that style of game, it’s Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, Everquest and games similar to that. In these games, you can choose your character and you are granted quests. As you complete quests, you level up. The higher you get, the more powerful you are. After playing for hours, or even days, it started to get rather painful for me.

Easing Pain After A Long Night Of Gaming

Computer Games

Gaming is painful, especially if you aren’t sitting in the right position or in the right chair. Playing video games is supposed to be enjoyable, whether you do it for work or for fun, but after a few hours, my back is on fire. There are some people who make videogaming their entire life, but it’s not a good thing. If you’re sitting all day, it can lead to muscle atrophy, which is the weakening of the lower body muscles. Not only that, but it can lead to a great amount of other issues such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Bad back
  • Tight hips
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Risk of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Risk of diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Stiff shoulders and neck

If you already have health issues, such as fibromyalgia or back pain, it may be harder for you to recover from a long day or night of gaming. I would suggest taking a look at some mattresses that are built for people with fibromyalgia, that way you don’t have to give up what you love because of some pain you have.

Benefits Of Gaming

As a gamer, I’ve been told that I was wasting my time and that I was wasting my life on stupid games. What people don’t know is that gaming has many cognitive benefits. Playing video games gives you an improved visual contrast sensitivity. A study showed that a person playing 50 hours of an action video game, spread over the course of 10-12 weeks, improved their ability to tell the difference between very subtle shades of gray.

It was also shown to treat amblyopia. Lazy eye is something that happens in early childhood and it is something that makes the eye pretty much non-functional. A study showed that some adults who played action video games with only the bad eye, showed improvements with the eye function.

Video gaming also improves spatial attention, the ability to track moving objects in a field of distractors, reduces impulsiveness, helps overcome dyslexia, improves executive functioning, increases mental flexibility, reverses mental decline that comes with aging, and improves job-related skills.


As you can clearly see, there are definitely some proven pro’s and con’s of video gaming. If you aren’t too overly concerned with the lack of social skills that may come with sitting in a room all day, then I suppose that could be one more pro of this hobby. Just make sure you are easing that pain that may come along with it and that you aren’t letting it completely consume you life.