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Posted on 10-10-2017
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the muscles, as well as fatigue. It affects approximately five million Americans, and it is hard for many to understand because it doesn't show up in lab tests or on x-rays. The muscle pain is felt throughout the body, and the person with fibromyalgia often experiences sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression and may have specific tender points, which can vary from patient to patient. At West Hartford Chiropractic, we take the time to listen compassionately to every patient, in order to help determine the right course of treatment for them.
Women are ten times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men, and the most common age of onset is between 25-60. How a person gets fibromyalgia is difficult to say, many believe that the pain is related to hormonal and chemical imbalances that interfere with nerves pain signals. Another possible cause is personal trauma or chronic stress. In most cases, the cause is complex and can't be pointed at one specific thing. Many people with fibromyalgia experience good days and bad days. Bad days often happen due to triggers, such as cold weather, humidity, stress, change in physical activity, or lack of sleep.
Diagnosing involves ruling out other conditions, through blood tests and a physical exam.Strong communication of your symptoms and the effectiveness of any treatment methods is important in helping you get the best treatment possible for you.
Traditional treatments often include various pain relievers, sleep assistant drugs, anti-depressants and other prescription medications geared specifically to fibromyalgia. Many are concerned about taking too many medications, which can result in side effects and may or may not work as intended. Chiropractic treatment is an option that does not include medication and can be utilized along with traditional treatments or alone.
Physical treatments have also proven to be effective in reducing the number of "bad days" experienced by someone with fibromyalgia. Massage and chiropractic treatments can also help many people manage pain and reduce stress. Many also find relief from acupuncture or acupressure treatments. Dietary changes can help some people's symptoms as well, at West Hartford Chiropractic, we also recommend dietary changes that can help manage pain.
More so than many other conditions, fibromyalgia seems to be a "one day at a time" type of disease, however, it is a chronic condition, and what works today isn't necessarily going to be the things that work tomorrow. At West Hartford Chiropractic our chiropractor can help rule out other conditions that may be causing stress or pain, so your fibromyalgia can be treated with as much success as possible. If you are experiencing fibromyalgia pain, we would love to work with you to find the right solution for your specific symptoms. Contact us at 860-232-5556 to schedule an assessment.
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