Fibromyalgia is a common disorder today. More than 3% of people worldwide suffer from fibromyalgia, with the majority (about 85%) of these being female.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions, especially arthritis. However, patients must meet two specific criteria to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. First, the patient must have a history of body-wide pain for more than three consecutive months. Second, people with fibromyalgia have tenderness in at least 11 different points of pain when touched on those specific pain points. There are a total of 18 potential pain points, covering the entire body in pairs.
Some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include: sleep difficulties due to pain, chronic fatigue due to lack of restful sleep, poor range of motion due to pain during movement, and a tingling "pins and needles" sensation in the hands and feet. These symptoms are also common in arthritis, as well. However, fibromyalgia sufferers will also have other symptoms, which can include: headaches, swelling in the joints or limbs, memory problems, involuntary muscle spasms, a sore jaw, more frequent urination, nausea, sensitivity to light, and irritable bowel syndrome.
A combination approach to treatment often works best for fibromyalgia patients. Trigger point massage therapy can be very helpful because it hones in on the painful muscles and joints to alleviate pain and promote deep relaxation. This allows for a more peaceful sleep. Since fibromyalgia can cause painful muscle tightening and spasms, the spine can be unable to move normally and will soon become misaligned. This leads to even more pain. Spinal adjustments can return the spine to the correct state of alignment while alleviating the pain. Although many fibromyalgia patients think that exercise will be difficult, low impact exercise can often be done with great success. Fibromyalgia patients are encouraged to keep a food diary, as this may allow for trigger foods to be identified and eliminated from the diet. Dr. Verri works with each patient individually, so he's also able to recommend personalized lifestyle changes that may be helpful in dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms.
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