The Pain and Other Symptoms Associated With Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that for a long time went unrecognized by the medical community at large. In fact, the condition continues to be disputed. Part of this is undoubtedly due to fibromyalgia being more prevalent in women, with women accounting up to 90% of cases, and part is due to there being a lack of visual abnormalities that could otherwise diagnose the disorder. So for a long time doctors simply believed patients were exacerbating their symptoms. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia know that there is nothing made up about their pain. If you are coping with fibromyalgia and you’re in the Odessa area, the Back Pain Institute of West Texas can help.
Fibromyalgia is primarily defined by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain that occurs both above and below the waist and around the entirety of the body. While there may be no evidence of joint or muscle inflammation, the pain is very real and may either be dull and throbbing or sharp and acute. In addition to this pain, those with fibromyalgia often also report symptoms including but not limited to sleeplessness, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, memory problems, bowel or bladder problems, and an acute sensitivity to lights, noise, or temperatures.
Doctors often use an 18-point inspection of a person's body to determine whether or not they may suffer from fibromyalgia. During this evaluation, the doctor applies pressure to certain key points to determine whether and how much pain the patient is experiencing. Most doctors are likely to first use blood tests to rule out other conditions and then confirm the findings with a specialist.
Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Doctors and scientists are still working to understand fibromyalgia and as such, there is no current cure for the disorder. Those who suffer from the musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms of the disorder, a mix of medication and physical treatment is the best way to find relief.
If you've received a fibromyalgia diagnosis, your primary care physician is likely to prescribe pain relievers for the pain and possibly include antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and others specific to the symptoms you are experiencing.
While pain and other types of medication may help relieve some of the symptoms, physical and occupational therapy can also have a big beneficial impact. Using both forms of therapy, we will lead you in exercises to strengthen your muscles and provide adjustments to reduce stress on your body. The application of chiropractic adjustments can also help relieve pain.
See Your Odessa Chiropractor for Help
For more information about how a chiropractor can help reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms, call the Back Pain Institute of West Texas at (432) 332-3388 today.