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April 19, 2020

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that brings extensive pain throughout the entire body. In addition, it causes the following warning signs:

  • Pain in the face or jaw (TMD)
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Stiffness and pain all over the body
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Abnormal headaches and migraines
  • Problem sleeping
  • Problem concentrating, thinking, and remembering (fibro fog)
  • Digestive issues (bloating, abdominal pain, IBS, and constipation)
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

What Makes Fibromyalgia So Challenging To Diagnose?

It is never easy to diagnose fibromyalgia accurately. The National Fibromyalgia Association reported that, on average, it can take three to five years to diagnose fibromyalgia correctly. Even more so finding the right avenue for fibromyalgia relief in Wapakoneta OH. Why is this the case?

Fibromyalgia patients do not look sick. Despite the pain they are suffering, they look healthy from the outside. Doctors sometimes become frustrated because of the lack of diagnostic testing to confirm this condition. They always have to rely on a patient’s description of their symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis. There are no outward signs to prove that a person is suffering from FM.

Some people who suffer from FM wish for a test that would come back positive or negative. Thus, it can prove whether they have fibromyalgia or not.

Fibromyalgia Risk Factors

Some factors may place some individuals at a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia. These would include:

  • Being middle-aged
  • Being a woman
  • Experiencing repetitive injuries
  • A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history (relatives or ancestors have FM)
  • Having certain illnesses like viral infections
  • Enduring a traumatic event or extreme stress

Where Does FM Pain Originate?

Dr. Daniel Clauw from Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, University of Michigan did a research on why fibromyalgia patients feel more pain than those without the disease. One of his observations included pinching the thumbs of a patient with fibromyalgia. It brought about more pain than what someone without FM would experience. While observing this test, he saw specific areas of the brain which process pain. The results were almost unbelievable. With minimal pressure used, the FM patients had significantly more pain receptors lighting up in their brains.

The doctor explained that the pain fibromyalgia patients experience is similar to turning up the volume control for pain in their brains. Many would wonder why does this happen?

A Study of 220+ Patients With Fibromyalgia

A study years back observed 226 fibromyalgia patients for two years. The research aimed to reach a better understanding of how fibromyalgia affects different patients over a couple of years. Within this time frame, the patients had regular tests of their pain levels.

Surprisingly, around 25% to 50% of the patient’s symptoms fluctuated significantly. They moved in and out of the range for a diagnosis of FM. What does this mean?

Visualize this particular scenario. You are trying to schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor for the next week or so. However, your fibromyalgia symptoms on the day of your check-up seems to be in remission. As a result, you did not get a proper diagnosis. Then you had to go through a series of tests to analyze and find out what is causing your pain and fatigue for the past month. No definite answer appeared. Then on days while you’re at work or home, your fibromyalgia symptoms suddenly flare-up. You wish for proper treatment to alleviate the crippling pain, but without a proper diagnosis, the appropriate procedure will be harder to find.

Preventing Misdiagnosis of FM

There is an assortment of other conditions that have symptoms similar to fibromyalgia. Before the confirmation of right diagnosis, doctors need to rule out first these conditions:

  • Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is not producing sufficient hormones

  • Osteoarthritis

Arthritis that appears due to wear and tear

  • Rheumatoid arthritis or lupus

A problem with your immune system causing pain and swelling

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

A specific type of arthritis which causes inflammation and pain in the spine

  • Polymyalgia rheumatic

It causes stiffness and widespread pain that suddenly occurs

Fibromyalgia Care That is Backed by Studies

There is one possible reason for the brain to feel intense pain, and it connects to a problem in the brainstem. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae protect and surround the brainstem. These bones are also vulnerable to misaligning or moving out of position due to their unique shape and location.

When a person experiences a trauma or injury to the neck or head, the C1 or C2 can misalign. As a result of the misalignment, these two bones put the brainstem under pressure. Thus, it forces the brainstem to malfunction and sends improper signals to and from the brain and body.

Furthermore, if the body endures some form of pain or even a light touch, the signals coming from the brainstem can suffer from distortion or overreaction. Thus, fibromyalgia pain can be the result. The improper signals hypes the pain receptors, causing the person to feel the pain that does not exist or that is not very painful at all.

There was a clinical study of a 32-year old woman with fibromyalgia. She suffered from pain, extreme fatigue, and depression due to her fibromyalgia syndrome. After a case history showed that the patient had a subluxation of the (C1) atlas vertebra, she received chiropractic care. At the end, she reported a complete resolution of her fibromyalgia symptoms.

Here at Tranquility Spinal Care in Wapakoneta, Ohio, our upper cervical chiropractor uses a method specifically tailored to realign the top bones of the upper cervical spine. Our gentle and precise technique allows for the vertebrae to reposition themselves more naturally.

Enjoy fibromyalgia relief in Wapakoneta OH. Call our office: (419) 573-0638 or fill out our online contact form. Start feeling better and take that first step towards recovery from your fibromyalgia symptoms.

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