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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the underlying cause of Fibromyalgia that your medical doctor does not address.

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Fibromyositis; Fibrositis

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause is unknown. Possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:

Physical or emotional trauma

Abnormal pain response - areas in the brain that are responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients

Sleep disturbances

Infection, such as a virus, although none has been identified

Meningeal compression

Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.

The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:

Chronic neck or back pain

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Depression

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

Lyme disease

Sleep disorders

Symptoms

Pain in the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It may be mild to severe.

Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.

The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.

The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.

People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.

Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.

Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can't get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Memory and concentration problems

Numbness and tingling in hands and feet

Palpitations

Reduced ability to exercise

Tension or migraine headaches

Signs and tests

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you must have had at least 3 months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 areas, including

Arms (elbows)

Buttocks

Chest

Knees

Lower back

Neck

Rib cage

Shoulders

Thighs

Blood and urine tests are usually normal. However, tests may be done to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

Treatment

The goal of treatment is to help relieve pain and other symptoms, and to help a person cope with the symptoms.

The Alternative Perspective

Conservative Care

Having this condition is not fun at all. Being motivated to look for non-conventional forms of treatment is warranted. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can offer benefits, as using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to address all the causes and imbalances within the person. This has demonstrated positive results when sticking to a specific treatment plan. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted.

Others have benefited by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy when following the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner and you. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted here too.

The next type of treatment may involve:

Physical therapy

Exercise and fitness program

Stress-relief methods, including light massage and relaxation techniques

The Medical Perspective

Medical Care

If these treatments do not work, your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant or muscle relaxant. The goal of medication is to improve sleep and pain tolerance. Medicine should be used along with exercise and behavior therapy. Duloxetine (Cymbalta), pregabalin (Lyrica), and milnacipran (Savella) are medications that are approved specifically for treating fibromyalgia.

However, many other drugs are also used to treat the condition, including:

Anti-seizure drugs

Other antidepressants

Muscle relaxants

Pain relievers

Sleeping aids

Possible Side-Effects: WARNING

When taking medication for your condition or any condition, it is important to do some research to understand for yourself the different side-effects you may experience when taking your prescription. It is important to have a complete picture so you can determine if the side-effects associated with treatment are acceptable. You may find the medications begin to create other health issues that will also need to be addressed.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment. This therapy helps you learn how to:

Deal with negative thoughts

Keep a diary of pain and symptoms

Recognize what makes your symptoms worse

Seek out enjoyable activities

Set limits

Support groups may also be helpful.

Other recommendations include:

Eat a well-balanced diet

Avoid caffeine

Practice good sleep routines to improve quality of sleep (See: Sleeping difficulty)

Acupressure and acupuncture

Severe cases of fibromyalgia may require a referral to a pain clinic.

Medicines Two Choices for You

Your Solution

There is a new, ground-breaking technique called Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) which addresses a common underlying cause of Fibromyalgia known as Meningeal Compression. This technique is currently only available through Certified Practitioners who have been trained in NRCT and who are listed on the NRCT Website at www.nrc.md Please go to this website and review the information and videos and locate a practitioner near you to help you see if this revolutionary technique can be the solution to your fibromyalgia.

Expectations (prognosis)

Fibromyalgia may be a long-term disorder. Sometimes, the symptoms improve. Other times, the pain may get worse and continue for months or years.

When using NRCT, if you are a candidate for this form of treatment, resolution of your fibromyalgia can be achieved. Go to www.nrc.md to see videos and testimonials of people who have benefitted when using NRCT for their fibromyalgia.

Calling your health care provider

Call your health-care provider if you have symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Prevention

There is no known prevention from a medical perspective.

If using NRCT, people who have gone through the FREE Testing and are candidates for NRC treatment have restored their body back to balance and no longer suffer with the condition of fibromyalgia. Go to www.nrc.md to see videos and testimonials of people who have benefited when using NRCT for their fibromyalgia.

Developing a healthy life-style with proper guidance from your Holistic Chiropractor is the best prevention when considering how to approach your fibromyalgia and your health.

References 

  1. Abeles M, Solitar BM, Pillinger MH, Abeles AM. Update on fibromyalgia therapy. Am J Med. 2008;121:555-561.
  2. Häuser W, Bernardy K, Üceyler N, Sommer C. Treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome with antidepressants. JAMA. 2009;301:198-209.
  3. Wolfe F, Rasker JJ. Fibromyalgia. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr., et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 38.
  4. Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, Fitzcharles MA, Goldenberg DL, Katz RS, Mease P, et al. The American College of Rheumatology preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and measurement of symptom severity. Arthritis Care Res. 2010;62(5):600-610.

 

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