Fibromyalgia syndrome is a disorder of unknown cause characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain. They are not like regular neck and back pain patients, which is why many therapists fail in treating them successfully. For most patients, fibromyalgia syndrome is often accompanied by fatigue, feeling tired, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal complaints, and emotional stress problems.
Two other fibromyalgic syndromes look similar to fibromyalgia that we need to differentiate: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS).
Fibromyalgia syndrome can look very similar to chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS. The main difference between both problems is that fibromyalgia syndrome patients complain of pain in various parts of the body. In contrast, patients who have chronic fatigue syndrome are tired most of the time.
Some patients seemed to have both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. In other words, they experience pain all over their bodies, and they're tired all the time. Unfortunately, it's possible to experience both symptoms together.
The third group of patients has a different type of pain symptoms accompanied by sensory issues, which we classify as Central sensitization syndrome. Central sensitization syndrome (CSS) patients who have sensory problems, experience hyperalgesia, and allodynia.
When you have allodynia, a light touch or a wind blowing across your hands or legs may feel uncomfortable or even irritating. Patients know they should not be as sensitive to such a light touch, but they actually feel it, and some may even think that their minds are playing tricks on them.
Patients who have hyperalgesia feels a sensation that it's bigger than it is supposed to be. For example, even a gentle pressure of a thumb may feel more like a pinch or a little toothpick place on the skin may feel like a needle injecting into it.
In summary, the difference between fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and central sensitization syndrome is that while there may be an overlap in symptoms, each will have its main symptoms.
We treat patients who have fibromyalgia naturally with both chiropractic adjustments and Frequency Specific Microcurrent therapy. We typically see significant improvements in the first few visits.
So how do you know you have fibromyalgia? According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), patients are fibromyalgic when they have widespread pain for more than three months. There is no real beneficial lab testing for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome. They could have about 11 out of the 18 tender points in the body; in other words, some of these patients say they have aches in many areas of their body. See the attached picture on common areas of pain.
List of Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms
☑ Fatigue or Low energy
☑ Hurts all over the body
☑ Post exertion general discomfort or uneasiness
☑ Brain Fog - symptoms lapses of memory loss, reduced focus, and clarity
☑ Digestive Complaints or Irritable Bowel systems
☑ Sleep Issues - Can't fall asleep or can't stay asleep through the night
☑ Sometimes feels like flu symptoms didn't go away
☑ Symptoms worsen with increase stressful situations or events
Who is More Likely to Get Fibromyalgia?
☑Mostly females but can be of any age
☑ Usually triggered by an infection, stress, flu, frequent use of antibiotics, physical trauma like a motor vehicle accident.
If you are a patient with fibromyalgia and prefer medical treatments, you have available to you both trigger point injections and drugs. Antidepressants such as amitriptyline, Cymbalta, Gabapentin, Tramadol, and Ativan like injections for trigger points can help temporarily.
Call us at 6475-2646 or Whatsapp us at 9027-8659 for an appointment, if you have you seemed to have no resuls from other therapy for you fibromyalgia.