There are approximately six (6) million or 2% of Americans that suffer from Fibromyalgia. It is second to osteoarthritis in affecting the musculoskeletal system. Even though men and children are sometimes affected by this disease, women of childbearing ages are the primary sufferers. Therefore, over 80% of these patients are women.
What is Fibromyalgia and what are its symptoms?
People who suffer from Fibromyalgia suffer from chronic pain conditions and react sensitively to pressure. Certain conditions cause this disease to flare up in Fibromyalgia patients. This includes emotional distress, weather changes, family conflicts, mental stress, strenuous activity, physical injuries, and physical inactivity. 50% of the people who have this disease are sensitive to medications, noise, certain foods, bright light and odors.
Because of the severity of this illness, people with Fibromyalgia are three (3) times more likely to develop depression. This is why they venture out and seek alternative medicine options like chiropractic care for Fibromyalgia, which is proven to provide relief and improvement. Upwards of 40% may stop working full-time because of their symptoms and they are hospitalized very frequently. This disease requires many lifestyle changes because of the widespread pain, morning stiffness, tingling in the hands and feet, problems with memory, irritable bowel syndrome and sleep disturbances.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
It is unknown what directly causes this disease; any number of occurrences can cause Fibromyalgia. First and foremost is the assumption than people with this disease are more sensitive to pain than others. This is because the pain-sensitive nerve cells that are found in the brain or spinal cord might be over-reacting. Other theories mention that obesity, certain diseases, genetic predisposition, and illnesses such as viral infections, traumatic events and repetitive injuries are causative agents as well.
How Fibromyalgia is usually diagnosed and treated
Presently there is no one objective or comprehensive test to diagnose Fibromyalgia. Often people with this disease will do tests and have them return normal, or the test result will mimic the result that points to another similar illness like arthritis. One helpful approach is to have a doctor conduct an analysis and interview with the patient. They will ask patients about their health history and whether they have experienced pain in all four quadrants of their body.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat Fibromyalgia?
Many people seek chiropractic care for Fibromyalgia from Queen City Health Center with Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens. Because of the direct correlation between Fibromyalgia and the spinal cord, nerves and brain Dr. Holly is able to provide expert relief to Fibromyalgia patients.
If you suffer from Fibromyalgia and would like help, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center with Dr. Holly Clemens! Call us to schedule an in-person appointment, complete with X-rays and an initial exam.
During your consultation, Dr. Holly will determine what abnormalities exist within your spine and nervous system by performing a comprehensive evaluation. (Patients should not stop taking their medications during their assessments, treatments and visits, unless told to do so by their primary care physician, or until Dr. Holly says it’s okay.)
To make an appointment, call us at 980.422.2000, or fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly.