Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA:
- Pain: constant dull body pain that lasts for more than 3 months.
- Sleep problems
- Cognitive difficulty: it is usually referred as fibro fog; difficulties in focusing or paying attention.
- Fatigue: people with this condition often feel tired and weak, sleep for longer periods and wakes up with pain.
OTHER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:
- Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
- Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long.s
- Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).
- Tension or migraine headaches.
- Jaw and facial tenderness.
- Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold.
- Feeling anxious or depressed
- Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet.
- Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder).
- Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise.
Chiropractic treatment focuses on utilizing spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), or more commonly known as the chiropractic adjustment, to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. Our doctors may also utilize physical therapy, therapeutic modalities, taping and strapping, nutrition, joint supports, exercises and home therapy regimens to quicken recovery. Treatment is safe, non-invasive, and a non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by fibromyalgia.
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, the highly trained doctors at Chiropractic Orthopedic Associates will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic may elect to co-treat your low back pain with other healthcare professionals. We work with a network of healthcare providers that specialize in pain management, orthopedics, neurology, internal medicine, physiatry, neurosurgery and more.