Getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM) or thinking that you may have it can be a disturbing experience. We want to give you more information on the subject to help you understand the condition better and to share a natural option for relief that has seen much success.
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes chronic widespread pain and extra sensitivity to pressure. It may even be associated with nerve damage. What happens is that the brain registers that there is pain when there is actually little or no pain being experienced.
The folowing are 10 common signs that could be telling you that you have fibromyalgia:
- Pain: Pain is the most common symptom of FM, and it can be experienced in different ways. Some people may have a painful stabbing sensation throughout the whole body while others may experience chronic dull, achy pain. The pain could happen in one central area or it could be felt in multiple areas of the body. One of the most frustrating parts about this is that there is not usually a reason for the pain to even be happening although some patients can identify certain triggers, such as weather changes and stressful situations.
- Sensitivity to touch: This is referred to as either hyperesthesia or hyperalgesia. These symptoms cause a sensation of pain that is more intense for individuals who do not have FM. This symptom can be so debilitating that is prevents patients from being able to go about their daily activities. Sometimes flare ups like these will happen in cycles, with pain that is worse only to become tolerable and then begin all over again.
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- Hyperesthesia: This is increased sensitivity to the sensory input of touch. One example is if you had a light blanket on that instead feels like you are trapped under a heavy weight.
- Hyperalgesia: This is an intense pain sensation, causing something as minor as a stubbed toe to give you pain that lasts for hours or days afterward.
- Sensitivity to the surrounding environment: This symptom includes enhanced sensation through your senses of sound and sight. For example, somebody’s perfume or cigarette smoke may cause you to feel nauseated and very sensitive. Chemical-based cleaners can be a trigger for this as well. When it comes to sounds, a moderate noise may be experienced as very loud and lead to a headache. Lights may appear unbearably bright. All of this can happen even in a familiar environment.
- Stiff joints and muscles: Another FM trait is an experience of stiffness in your joints and muscles similar to the way most people feel following strenuous activity. However, someone with FM will often have this happen for no specific reason. This sensation may happen throughout the entire body or could just affect one or more muscle or joint groups. The pain may be worse after long periods of sitting down or right after waking up in the morning. Lack of movement actually increases the severity of this symptom, and medication does very little to help.
- Muscle spasms: These can be extreme for fibromyalgia patients. They usually happen spontaneously and repeatedly, to one or more muscle groups. Sometimes they are completely random. The worst kinds of spasms happen at night, interrupting a person’s sleep.
- Extreme fatigue: The majority of FM patients suffer from chronic fatigue, going about their day feel exhausted most of the time. This may be caused from the nature of the condition, as being in chronic pain can drain patients of their energy, or it may be due to the muscle spasms that interrupt the sleep cycle. This wears on the immune system, causing patients to have very low energy levels.
- Problems with concentration: This symptom is often referred to as “fibro-fog”. Researchers haven’t figured out whether this is caused by being exhausted all the time or from something else. What happens is a patient’s short-term memory is affected so that they have difficulty remembering newly learned facts and skills, recalling information, and concentrating. It is possible that FM could hinder the brain’s ability to function properly by getting in the way of the synaptic pathways.
- Chronic headaches: These kinds of headaches are usually severe and debilitating and feel like constant pressure or throbbing. The pain may be located in the cranium or temples and extend into the neck, shoulders, and upper back. FM patients state that these headaches are usually brought on after being around triggering environmental factors like those mentioned above (bright lights, loud noise, or certain odors). Headaches can last hours or even days and may contribute to lack of sleep.
- Bowel problems: FM patients are much more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome. In some cases, patients have constipation issues, while for others their struggle is with diarrhea.
- Depression: Dealing with constant pain, lack of sleep, no energy, and being limited in your ability to enter into daily life can easily lead to depression. However, there is also a possibility that FM alters the chemicals in your brain and can cause depression. Family doctors commonly prescribe depression medication for their FM patients.
A Natural Relief Solution
If you can relate to any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it may be pretty scary for to face this type of diagnosis. Thankfully, there is a natural way to treat FM that that has proven to be very successful. At our offices at 1st Place Chiropractic, our goal is to achieve the proper alignment of the top bones of the neck. Because the C1 and C2 vertebrae have the important role of housing the brainstem, if they are out of alignment, they can place stress on the brainstem. This may cause the brainstem to transmit incorrect messages about how much pain the body is feeling. Spine health is an important component for FM patients to consider and maintain.
We use a gentle, precise method, that allows us to realign the bones without popping or cracking the spine. Doing this restores proper communication between brain and body, which has led to the improvement in or reversal of fibromyalgia symptoms for many patients.
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