What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia in Juneau Alaska: 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.

    • PTSD

    • Female Family History

    • Repetitive Injuries

    • 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, fibromyalgia may be present if you experience widespread pain for more than three months, including discomfort that doesn’t seem to have a physical cause. Standards for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia are constantly being raised, but there is no established test for the condition. Blood tests are only useful when other causes can be ruled out. Usually, your doctor will find the issue after looking over your health history, physically inspecting you, and assessing 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 Juneau, 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.

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