Previously known as fibrositis, fibromyalgia is a long-term illness that causes pain, tenderness and fatigue in the patient’s whole body. While there are several treatment options available for managing this condition, we at Dr.Spine effectively address fibromyalgia treatment using chiropractic approaches.
Individuals suffering from this illness tend to have a higher sense of pain, a feeling that’s sometimes referred to as constant muscle ache. Physicians normally associate fibromyalgia with arthritis but as opposed to arthritis and related medical conditions, fibromyalgia does not damage the muscles, joints and relevant tissues. Furthermore, this is not a progressive disease, meaning that it won’t get worse as time moves by. Even though fibromyalgia has got no cure, several pain-relieving treatments are available to improve one’s quality of life.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
Physicians are yet to pinpoint the actual causes of fibromyalgia. However, Rheumatology holds that fibromyalgia may emanate from enhanced pain processing in the brain whereby there is a high sensitivity of pain triggers.
Some studies also suggest that fibromyalgia is hereditary. Given that fibromyalgia has proved to run in one’s family, there are normally some genetic mutations which increase a person’s susceptibility to having the disorder. Females with a history of the disease stand a higher risk of experiencing it.
Also, individuals suffering from certain types of illnesses are at a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia. These illnesses include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal arthritis.
Other risk factors include:
A traumatic physical event such as a car accident
Stressful emotional encounter
The relation of genes with respect to the processing of pain stimuli
What’s the source of all these pain?
Different studies indicate that patients suffering from fibromyalgia have changed brains as a result of the repeated pain. The change mostly has to do with an increase in the number of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals which signal pain). Furthermore, the receptor cells tend to store the pain’s memory, making them highly sensitive hence overreaction even to the smallest pain signal.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
The following are typical symptoms in individuals suffering from fibromyalgia.
Pain and Tender Points
Fibromyalgia makes your whole body ache. You may feel as though you have bursitis, osteoarthritis or tendinitis, but in this case, the entire body hurts. This becomes the may reason as to why you seek medical help. The characteristics of the pain experienced include sharp, deep, dull, aching and throbbing. The pain may come and go, travelling throughout the body each time.
More than half of these patients experience depression. Dealing with pain all over the body can be stressful. You are ever anxious about keeping up with life and what needs to be done to make you feel better. This reduces your ability to be active, triggering withdrawal and depression.
It goes without saying that all these pains running through your body must impact your sleeping ability. Even if you manage to catch some sleep, it is usually brief and easily disturbed. As you wake up in the morning you will feel less refreshed and more exhausted. Research indicates that the brains of fibromyalgia patients experience brain bursts whether they are asleep or awake. These kinds of interruptions reduce the amount of time spent deep sleeping.
Swelling of Hands and Feet
Whereas the actual cause of hands and feet swelling and tingling may be unknown, fibro individuals feel these sensations, referred to as paresthesia. Numbness and burning feelings occur randomly in most cases, lasting only for a few minutes. In other cases, it may go on for hours or even days.
The effect of this is felt mainly in the feet and legs beneath the knees. It hurts but you get a feeling that for you to be comfortable you have to move the legs. Nights are the worst times as it may prevent you from sleeping.
Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Both medications and self-care are used as a basis for treating fibromyalgia. The goal is to minimize symptoms and improve one’s quality of life. No given treatment is effective for all symptoms.
Over-the-counter pain relievers including ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and acetaminophen can be used by this category of patients.
Antidepressants such as Duloxetine and milnacipran may improve on the pain and fatigue linked to fibro. Muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine can be used to promote sleep.
Additionally, anti-seizure drugs administered to epileptic patients can also be used to tackle the fibro pain. Gabapentin and pregabalin are good examples of these drugs.
Treating Fibromyalagia – Dr.Spine Way
We, at Dr.Spine have treated hundreds of patients suffering from fibromyalgia using chiropractic ways. Our spine specialists are well experienced to accurately assess your condition and with our non-invasive approaches, bringing a complete relief is our mission.
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