What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder that happens in people of all ages affecting the muscles, ligaments, and tendons with varying degrees of symptoms from person to person. Women are much more likely to get it than men, and it’s often misdiagnosed as another condition like arthritis (despite Fibromyalgia doing no harm to joints, as it only affects soft tissue
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms in women (or anyone really) can vary from mild to severe full-body pain, stiffness, tingling or numbness, tenderness in affected areas, and much more. This typically leads to highly-irregular sleeping patterns which compound the physical and mental fatigue known as “Fibro-Fog.” Our list of Fibromyalgia symptoms could go on for some time, including conditions like depression, anxiety, nausea, and so forth because of the many ways debilitating chronic pain can impact life.
Female Family History
Rheumatoid Arthritis & Other Autoimmune Diseases
Central Nervous System Problems
The Manner in Which Genes Regulate the Way We Process Pain Stimuli
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
Currently, if you feel widespread pain for longer than three months, including pain that appears to have no physical explanation, you may have fibromyalgia. There is no standardized fibromyalgia test, and standards for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia are continually improving. Only when other factors can be ruled out can blood testing be effective. Typically, your doctor will identify the problem after reviewing your medical history, examining you physically, and analyzing your symptoms.
What Are the Different Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia?
Because fibromyalgia is a syndrome, it’s subjective, and everyone experiences it differently. Pain medication and antidepressants are common, but treatment programs must be personalized and tailored for the individual. At Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab Anchorage, your provider may combine elements of noninvasive chiropractic care, physical therapy, and professional massage for fibromyalgia. Your program may also include a special exercise regimen, help with nutrition, sleep aids, stress reduction techniques, and more.
Which Body Parts Does Fibromyalgia Affect?
As previously mentioned, fibromyalgia is known for widespread pain or full-body pain. Typically it’s reported in the elbows, arms, shoulders, knees, hips, the spinal column, head, etc. Again, it varies substantially from person to person.
What Are Fibromyalgia Trigger Points?
The first step to fibromyalgia pain relief is getting your condition properly diagnosed, which for doctors can be rather challenging. Fibromyalgia pain points, or tender points, are 18 points throughout the body doctors use to pinpoint where you’re experiencing the pain or the origin points. To be considered, the American College of Rheumatology suggests you experience pain in at least 11 of the 18.
Does Fibromyalgia Cause Weight Gain?
Yes, but not directly. It’s very common for people dealing with the condition to experience depression, anxiety, fatigue, and a drop in quality of life. This often translates into weight gain from lack of exercise and increased stress and inflammation levels. While there’s not necessarily a fibromyalgia diet, it can be helpful to monitor BMI, maintain a healthy body weight, and eat well to help your body heal and repair itself.