Frequently Asked Questions about Fibromyalgia in Asheville, NC
Fibromyalgia afflicts an estimated 5 million Americans, yet it's a condition that most people know next to nothing about. Some medical practitioners even tell their patients that it's "all in their heads" -- but if you suffer the debilitating symptoms of this disorder, then you know that it's all too real. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about fibromyalgia, courtesy of your friends at Lawson Chiropractic in Asheville, North Carolina.
- What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is often referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome because its sufferers tend to suffer from constant, debilitating fatigue due largely to chronic insomnia. Other common symptoms include painful muscle knots throughout the body, back pain, "brain fog," depression, restless legs syndrome, hypersensitivity to stimuli and morning stiffness.
- What causes fibromyalgia? The exact cause of fibromyalgia remains a mystery; it may appear after an injury, or it may spontaneously develop on its own. It may be connected to a genetic trait that causes you to be unusually sensitive to pain sensations due to excessive amounts of a neurotransmitter known as Substance P.
- How is fibromyalgia diagnosed? Fibromyalgia can be an elusive problem to diagnose because there are so specific lab tests that conclusively detect it. Generally, patients must display tenderness in at least 11 of 18 specific points on the body associated with the disorder. The pain must be of a certain reported severity, and it must be present for 3 months or more.
- What's the link between fibromyalgia and upper cervical stenosis? For whatever reason, many fibromyalgia sufferers are also plagued with stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) in the upper cervical region of the spine, near the juncture of the neck and the skull. Compression in this area can dramatically worsen your symptoms.
- How can chiropractic adjustments help my fibromyalgia? Your chiropractor at Lawson Chiropractic (Dr. Kenton Lawson or Dr. Sara Lawson) employs a wide range of natural, non-pharmaceutical treatment methods to help you manage this currently-incurable ailment. Chiropractic adjustments are chief among these methods for its ability to straighten the posture, which reduces muscular strain, relieve nerve pressure and generally normalizes nerve function. We can also correct your upper cervical alignment to ease stenosis-related pain.
- What non-chiropractic fibromyalgia treatments do you prescribe? Your chiropractor may prescribe a variety of supportive treatments to address your pain. Deep tissue massage and muscle stimulation can loosen the muscle knots that relay pain to your body's various trigger points. Ultrasound is good for boosting the circulation, which helps the tissues expel inflammatory toxins, and improving your pain-free range of motion.
- Will my symptoms return? As with all chronic pain conditions, your symptoms need to be managed regularly. We can come up with a customized pain management plan to help you enjoy optimal quality of life going forward.
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