In order to find the best way to care for fibromyalgia, a proper diagnosis is vital. However, fibromyalgia can be one of the hardest conditions to diagnose due to its wide range of symptoms. Often, other conditions need to be ruled out before being able to confirm fibromyalgia.
Previously, diagnostic guidelines were put in place pointing to 18 specific spots of pain. If as many as 11 of these were tender, fibromyalgia was diagnosed. It was realized, however, that there was a flaw in this criteria as symptoms of fibromyalgia often flare up and then go away even within a day’s time. When one has a doctor’s appointment, he may have no tender spots. Therefore, those in the medical field found it necessary to set up new diagnostic criteria. Now, the three main things looked for are:
- All other conditions causing pain have been ruled out
- Widespread pain throughout the body that has been going on for at least 3 months
- Unclear thinking (brain fog), extreme tiredness, and other symptoms
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What to Do Once the Diagnosis Is Made
A variety of ways to care for fibromyalgia exist. Some of these include:
- Gentle, regular exercise
- A consistent sleep schedule
- Stress reduction
- Medications such as pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs
Finding Natural Help for Fibromyalgia
1st Place Chiropractic offers patients a pain-free, safe alternative. We address the underlying cause of the problem – often a misalignment of the top bone of the upper cervical spine – the atlas. Fibromyalgia is the result of the brain not receiving proper signals from the body. A misaligned atlas can put pressure on the brainstem and cause it to malfunction, leading to issues in pain processing associated with fibromyalgia.
We use a gentle method to help the atlas realign naturally, thereby allowing the communication system of the body to repair itself. This lets the body and brain receive proper signals and helps with fibromyalgia symptoms.
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