Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves the brain and the nervous system, and can impact virtually every part of your body. If you have or are living with someone with fibromyalgia, it can be a confusing condition. Depending on which doctor you see, you can get many different diagnosis or options for treatment, anywhere from a referral to a psychologist, to a prescription for medicine.

Imagine for a moment, having a minor pain after doing something new. Its minor, you ignore it, and the pain goes away. Its different for someone with fibromyalgia. When you have a pain, tiny receptors send a message to your brain that you are experiencing pain somewhere in your body. For a person with fibromyalgia, those receptors can increase by as much as five times, meaning even mild pressure can quickly escalate into serious pain.

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When pain signals reach the brain, they are processed by serotonin. People with fibromyalgia don’t have enough serotonin, which leaves the brain overwhelmed. This is why someone with fibromyalgia will complain about pain, yet show little in the way of tissue damage. Yet its not imagined pain; it’s a miscommunication between the brain and the cells.

A lot of illnesses involve one part of the body. Fix that part and the symptoms go away. Fibromyalgia involves the entire body, which means many things can seem wrong all at once, making it very difficult to diagnose and ultimately manage.

The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. Don’t rely on one doctor; seek out two or more for accuracy, as this can be difficult to analyze.

Most will be women, most will have widespread pain through all four quadrants of the body for at least three months or more. Tenderness will exist in at least 11 points throughout the body when pressure is applied. Symptoms will include fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, irritable bowels, skin sensitivities, and more. If no underlying cause can be found for all of these symptoms, it’s a classic sign of fibromyalgia.

Once you have a diagnosis, then you can determine the right treatment for you.

Some prefer traditional medicinal routes. Yet many are going for a more natural approach. If this is your choice, studies have shown that improved diets, improving quality sleep, introducing stretching exercise programs such as tai chi or yoga, and natural supplements can help ease the pain.

Also implementing acupuncture and chiropractic care can offer relief from stress and pain, and help improve the way your body operates.

For a consultation and assessment on how chiropractic care can help you or your loved one manage fibromyalgia, give us a call today.

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