Helping Your Fibromyalgia - Olathe Chiropractic

Helping Your Fibromyalgia

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Did you know that there’s a chronic condition that causes stabbing, burning pain all over the body and chronic fatigue? It’s called fibromyalgia, and it’s a condition that affects the muscles and soft tissues of the body. People that have fibromyalgia can go many days in chronic pain, with neuropathy symptoms, and problems with digestion, concentration, sleep and more. Don’t let fibromyalgia stop you from achieving your goals in the prime of your life! Find out what treatments are effective to combat the symptoms of fibromyalgia so you can enjoy your life again.

 

What Is Fibromyalgia?

You’ve probably heard about fibromyalgia at one point or another, but you may not know what it actually is unless you know someone who has it. Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissues of the body. If you are familiar with the human body, then you know that muscles and soft tissues cover all parts of the body. Your muscles are responsible for your movement, even the slightest twitch of blink of your eye. There are over 650 different muscles in your body, and many more if you’re not just including the main muscle groups. That means, a person can have symptoms in literally any part of their body.

 

When symptoms affect most of the muscle groups, a patient can have chronic pain, fatigue and more all over. Fibromyalgia was named based off of the Latin and Greek words “fibro”, meaning fibrous tissue, “myo”, meaning muscle, and “algia”, meaning pain. This condition causes a person’s body to ache everywhere. They generally are also plagued with chronic, unbearable fatigue. Certain spots on the body can become painful to the touch, and sleep and mood problems happen as well.

 

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Fibromyalgia Facts and Figures

  • More than 12 million Americans have the disease, most of them being between the ages of 25 and 60.
  • Women are more affected than men.
  • 2-4% of the population is affected.
  • It is not an autoimmune condition, but a neurological health condition.
  • Fibromyalgia often is either caused by a sudden trauma or chronic condition or it co-exists with another one. Examples include migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis.
  • Symptoms flare up off-and-on and it may be difficult to predict when they will happen.
  • This disease runs in families. If someone close to you has it, you are at a higher risk for the disease.
  • People with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoarthritis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia.
  • There is no cure for the disease, even though there are treatments that can be helpful with your symptoms.

 

Causes and Diagnosis

Research and studies are still being done to find out more about fibromyalgia. In the past, it wasn’t always diagnosed correctly. It also doesn’t help that other chronic conditions generally accompany fibromyalgia. Medical professionals must use blood tests and other diagnostics to rule out similar conditions and diseases to finally figure out that you have fibromyalgia. You may receive a quicker diagnosis if you already know that it runs in your family. There is still not a clear, clean-cut cause for disease symptoms, but studies suggest that a trauma to the body or another condition can set it off.

 

Patients are diagnosed based off of the symptoms they have. Common symptoms include:

  • Chronic pain throughout the entire body
  • Chronic migraines and headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping/sleep disturbances
  • Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
  • Inability to concentrate, which is called “fibro fog”
  • Incontinence
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • Stiffness
  • Feeling like the muscles have been pulled or overworked, even without exercise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood swings and depression, sometimes daily

 

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Help at Our Center

Even though there is no cure for fibromyalgia, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do about it. There are countless chronic diseases and conditions that don’t have a cure, but the symptoms are reduced or taken away with the right therapy or treatment. At our center, we have the following therapies to help you with your symptoms:

  • Therapeutic Massage. Massage manipulates the muscles and soft tissues of the body and helps ease deep muscle pain. It also helps relieve tender points, muscle spasms, and tense muscles.
  • Myofascial Release Therapy. This works on a broader range of muscles and can gently stretch, soften, lengthen and realign connective tissue to ease discomfort.
  • Trigger Point Therapy. This can alleviate the knots in your muscle fibers that have gone into spasms.
  • Cold Laser Therapy. This stimulates tissues into healing and decreases pain sensations. When used on a study group of 846 patients with fibromyalgia, 2/3rds of the patients had less pain and more mobility after cold laser therapy. CL therapy also helps improve fatigue and morning stiffness.
  • Relaxation. Taking time to relax and rest helps symptoms. Deep muscle relaxation treatment and deep breathing exercises we can help you with can decrease your symptoms.
  • Aerobic Exercise. You may think that exercising would make your symptoms worse, but it actually makes it better. Start off small with walking or a similar exercise and work yourself up to more minutes each day exercising. The more aerobic exercise you do, the fewer symptoms you will have.

 

Face You Fibromyalgia Symptoms

If you live with chronic pain and overbearing fatigue, get a medical evaluation. You could have fibromyalgia, or you could have something else. Knowing what is affecting your body is the best way to heal and find relief from symptoms. Even though there is no cure at this time, there are ways to find relief and to feel more like you. To talk to a medical professional and to have a customized treatment plan made for you, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!

 

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