Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. It is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation. More than 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia most of them are women between ages 25 and 60. Women are 10 times more likely to get this disease than men. But make no mistake; it can wreak havoc on a person’s day to day life, from putting away groceries to getting a good night’s sleep.
What Are The Symptoms?
Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled. They’ll feel that way even without exercise or another cause. Sometimes, your muscles twitch, burn, or have deep stabbing pain. Some patients with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in the neck, shoulder, back, and hips. This makes it difficult for them to sleep or exercise. Other fibromyalgia symptoms are…
- Chronic headaches
- Dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
- Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
- Inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
- Restless leg syndrome
Many symptoms such as endometriosis, TMJ (Temproornandibular joint disfunction) or chronic fatigue syndrome overlap with fibromyalgia. Because of this it makes a diagnosis challenging.
Who Can Get Fibromyalgia?
Because it is difficult to diagnose, it is also not very clear how people get it. It is suggested it could be entirely spontaneous, however, some people seem to develop symptoms after traumatic physical events (car accidents), sever illness or repetitive injuries.
Can Fibromyalgia be Fixed?
There are currently three FDA approved medications being used to treat fibromyalgia. Many patients do not realize there are drug free options and alternatives to finding relief from their chronic pain. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, talk to your primary care physician about the risks and benefits of chiropractic care. Then, take your time and search out a Doctor of Chiropractic who understands the unique symptoms that your body presents. While there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, there is definitely treatment available that can make your life more manageable. In addition to chiropractic care there is exercise, adapting your workstation, massage, yoga and acupuncture. Research shows that a team effort provides great relief. So if you have Fibromyalgia get a massage, see your chiropractor and ask your boss for an ergonomic desk and comfy chair. With these you could be well on your way to find relief
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Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, All Star Chiropractic and Rehabilitation emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place. Most people would rather be healthy and avoid illness, if they could. This is one of the main reasons for the big surge in the popularity of our wellness center.
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