Certainly you have heard the term fibromyalgia and may even know someone who has been diagnosed with it. You may even wonder if you have it. No matter what your situation is, there are some things you should know.
“How do I know if I have fibromyalgia? Is it a disease that can be contagious?” It is not a disease and is not contagious; rather it is a clinical syndrome. It has a group of symptoms. What are these?
- Feeling tired all the time
- Not being able to think clearly, also called brain fog
- Not having a regular pattern of sleep
- Having headaches a lot
- Almost always feeling pain in the body
- Bowel and bladder issues
Who gets Fibromyalgia?
- Age is a determining factor as it is more common as we age
- Up to 7% of the population will be affected
- Women are more likely than men to get it
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Facts To Know
Studies done on the brain have shown that patients who have fibromyalgia have differences in certain functions of the body when compared to healthy individuals. These differences are seen in anatomical, neurochemical, and physiological areas. Still other studies reveal that the amount of pain a person with fibromyalgia feels is distorted, probably due to a miscommunication from the spinal cord to the brain having to do with the central nervous system. There is also something called windup that patients with fibromyalgia experience. This means the brain is sensing pain when there really is no pain.
There is not one treatment that is considered to be totally successful when treating fibromyalgia. Some people respond differently to different therapies. Many people are leery of side effects from medications. An increasing trend toward alternative treatment is notable. The Mayo Clinic’s fibromyalgia treatment program reports that 50% of people are seeking alternative therapy.
Once we realize that the central nervous system is involved and is not sending proper signals to the brain, we then need to look at the upper neck area, also called the upper cervical spine. Upper cervical chiropractors, such as Dr. Elan Schrier of Delray Beach, Florida, have an excellent success rate in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. If a misalignment is detected by Dr. Schrier, it means that pressure is being put on the central nervous system and spine. This is a highly sensitive area, full of nerves that feel pain for the entire body. Once this misalignment is corrected and the pressure is relieved, things can begin to run smoothly again. This can bring relief from the pain of fibromyalgia. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Schrier today and see if you can get your pain-free life back.
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