Saturday, May 7, 2016

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain

Do you have chronic pain associated with the ailment known as fibromyalgia? There may not be a permanent solution to this painful disorder, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.

In fact, both pain clinics and chiropractors offer treatments for fibromyalgia that make the pain bearable, if not eliminate it.

Interested? Keep reading.

What is fibromyalgia?
Translated as “pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons” from the Greek and Latin, fibromyalgia has been difficult to pinpoint throughout the years. Doctors in the 1800s believed the malady was a mental disorder, until a Scottish doctor recognized it as a physical problem in the 1820s.

Basically, if you have fibromyalgia, you have pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that makes your body tender to touch—either over the entire body or migrating. And like most chronic pain, you will have episodes of intense pain that subside for a time.

Fibromyalgia flare-ups come with a host of symptoms that vary from patient to patient. Things like fatigue, sleep disturbance, and trouble thinking clearly are most commonly reported. It’s a disease that has no cure and is sometimes accompanied by other conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is most common in middle-aged women, although anyone—including children—can have it.

What can a pain clinic do?
Pain clinics love a good chronic pain challenge. What you’ll find at a pain clinic is a team of chronic pain specialists who have studied and trained to make your life with fibromyalgia easier.

Pain clinicians address chronic pain with a variety of options. One is administering and managing a medication regimen. Another is through physical therapy. They may also recommend alternative therapies like yoga, Pilates, and chiropractic as well as massage and dietary supplements. Pain clinics also treat chronic pain with cognitive behavioral therapy to train you to cope with episodes without becoming emotionally upset.

What can a chiropractor do?
Speaking of chiropractors, what can they do for fibromyalgia? Like the team at True Wellness Chiropractic in Chattanooga, TN, chiropractors seek to treat nerve and muscle pain through aligning the spine properly.

Since fibromyalgia appears to be an attack on the nervous system, causing pain largely in the neck, back, and legs, chiropractic can offer viable pain relief. How?

Chiropractic adjusts the spine, placing vertebrae back into position so that they return to properly supporting the muscles and nerves in the back. If fibromyalgia is caused by interference in the spine—especially a problem for fibromyalgia patients experiencing upper cervical spinal stenosis—then aligning the vertebrae can relieve compressed nerves, bringing relief.

Chiropractic also purports to assist the central nervous system in communicating properly, thereby allowing the body to heal itself more easily. This is accomplished through straightening the vertebrae and taking pressure and compression off the spinal cord.

Have you ever received alternate treatment for fibromyalgia?
Although fibromyalgia seems a bit intangible since it is not something a doctor can test for—it’s only something a patient can self-report—that doesn’t mean it is not a cause for concern. If you experience massive nerve sensitivity in your body from time to time, and find it hard to touch or be touched, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia. See a chiropractor to make sure and get started on resolving it.

Have you ever seen a chiropractor during a fibromyalgia episode? If so, did you experience relief? Have you at least been to a pain clinic to find relief? If fibromyalgia has ever gotten you or a loved one down, leave us a comment now!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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