Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
We’ve all had days when our muscles feel sore, and all we’d like to do is spend the day sleeping off the fatigue. Days like these may be caused by rigorous physical exertion the day before or even a restless and uneasy night of sleep. But if you wake up every morning with a stiffness or soft tissue pain that causes ongoing weakness or fatigue, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic pain.
Many people who have fibromyalgia don’t know how to put their symptoms into words, simply because they’ve been dealing with them for so long. Chronic pain (meaning it lasts for more than three months) may change from day to day and may be described as aching, shooting, radiating or tender. It may move around or it may feel like it’s everywhere at once. The pain may be above the waist, below the waist, on the right or left side of the body and just about everywhere in between. Other symptoms include morning stiffness, headaches and sensitivity to sounds, temperature changes and lights.
Though fibromyalgia is sometimes referred to as an arthritis-related condition, it does not cause joint damage or inflammation or damage to muscle and other tissues. However, it can be debilitating because the pain and fatigue associated with the condition can make it difficult for people to go about their daily lives.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, it important to realize that you are not alone. Around 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and if you are one of them (or think you may be one of them), know that you can do something about it.
Unlike other health conditions, there are no medical tests to diagnose the pain, and some people are told by doctors that their pain isn’t real and therefore no treatment options exist. But you know your own body, and if you believe you may be suffering from chronic pain, make your voice heard.
Because there is no way to really diagnose the condition, some medical practitioners believe that fibromyalgia should be treated by several health care practitioners simultaneously. Though the form of care is customized on a case-by-case basis, it usually involves some or all of the following: an active exercise program, acupuncture, psychotherapy, behavior modification therapy, massage, physical therapy, low doses of medication and chiropractic care. There is no cure per se, but a regimen of standard health care with a heavy dose of holistic care that addresses full body wellbeing has been shown to significantly reduce the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia symptoms.
What is most important is that you realize that you are in control of your health. You deserve to live a life free from chronic fatigue, and it is possible to do that. Join us at The Specific Chiropractic Center on December 15th at 6:30 pm to learn more about fibromyalgia and what you can do to live a pain-free life.
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