Fibromyalgia. Just hearing the word can bring about fear and frustration for those who suffer from it. It causes widespread musculoskeletal pain felt throughout the body and particular tender points. If you have it, you may also experience extreme exhaustion, memory problems, moodiness, and problems with sleep. According to what researchers have discovered, fibromyalgia magnifies the pain sensations in the body by negatively impacting the way your brain processes signals of pain.
Sometimes symptoms of the chronic condition may come on over time, little by little, with nothing seeming to trigger them. In other cases, fibromyalgia begins after a physical trauma, infection, significant psychological stress, or surgery. Women get it more often than men. It is often accompanied by other health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, TMD (temporomandibular disorders), tension headaches, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Research has shown that some patients saw an improvement in fibromyalgia after incorporating exercise, stress-reduction, and relaxation techniques into their life.
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The symptoms of fibromyalgia are numerous and may be different for each person. The following is a list of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
People who suffer from fibromyalgia often wake up as tired as they were when then went to bed, even though they felt like they slept well. The problem is that pain often disrupts their sleep. In addition, those with fibromyalgia often have other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
For doctors to call it widespread, the pain must be present on both sides of your body and both above and below the waist. The pain of fibromyalgia is often a constant dull ache. You must have this type of pain for at least three months to get a diagnosis.
Fibro fog entails cognitive difficulties in which you may have problems paying attention, focusing, and concentrating on mental tasks.
It is not uncommon to see fibromyalgia accompanied by the following other health conditions.
Doctors and researchers are at a loss as to what brings about fibromyalgia. A number of theories abound. But researchers do agree that more than one of the following factors is probably at work.
An in-depth study of fibromyalgia has revealed that repeated stimulation of nerves makes the brains of those with this condition change. The brain begins to have abnormal increases in certain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Also, the pain receptors in the brain seem to develop a type of memory of the pain it is feeling and then it becomes more sensitive to this type of pain. This means the brain begins to exaggerate pain signals.
The pain and sleep disorders you experience with fibromyalgia can cause you not to be able to perform your daily routine, go to school, go to work, or participate in social activities. The frustration in trying to find answers for this condition can lead to depression and anxiety.
If you seek the care of your primary care physician, he or she will probably recommend both self-care and medication to try to control your symptoms. Fibromyalgia is different for each person, making it hard to care for and cope with.
Medications used for fibromyalgia are aimed at reducing specific symptoms, such as sleeplessness and pain. Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following medications.
An area seeing great success in helping fibromyalgia patients is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. We focus on making sure the top bones of the neck are not inadvertently putting stress on the brainstem due to a misalignment. This has been seen to be linked to fibromyalgia symptoms. The brainstem communicates with the brain about what is happening in the body. If it malfunctions and tells the brain there is pain, when there is no pain, fibromyalgia may be the end result.
We use a gentle method, rather than popping the neck or back, to get results. We help the bones move back into place naturally without adding further pain or stress to the body. Many patients report seeing an improvement in or end to fibromyalgia after only a few visits to our office.
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