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Symptoms and Causes of Fibromyalgia

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Fibromyalgia is a common yet severe condition that causes both physical and emotional pain. Fibromyalgia symptoms are often confused with those of arthritis and joint inflammation. It's important emphasizing that, unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia doesn't cause muscle damage or joint inflammation.

A recent study says, fibromyalgia affects about five million people each year, with women accounting for 80-90 percent of those afflicted. This disease affects the soft tissues, causing tiredness and a variety of other symptoms.

A chiropractor may help you if you're suffering from fibromyalgia. Along with some exercises, they may suggest some lifestyle and dietary changes.

Causes

The definitive fibromyalgia causes are unclear. According to a study published in the area of rheumatology, fibromyalgia is caused by central pain processing in the brain. It's also possible that it's an inherited health problem.

People with fibromyalgia, particularly women, are more likely to acquire the condition in the late part of their life. Fibromyalgia is also common in individuals who have lupus, spinal arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other rheumatic illnesses. There are also other risk factors linked with this disorder.

Inner knees, outer elbows, and the back of the skull are some of the tender points in the body where fibromyalgia induces significant pain. Pain in the upper chest, neck, shoulders, and outer hip affects many people. Fibromyalgia is often diagnosed by applying pressure to sensitive spots and observing the response.

However, this is not a reliable method of determining the final diagnosis. Pain may be detected in different ways. This is a common ailment that affects people in various ways. So, fibromyalgia is often diagnosed based on the intensity and duration of pain, irrespective of where it occurs in the body.

Symptoms

Early detection of fibromyalgia symptoms may help you treat the condition and avoid serious health consequences. Despite the fact that these symptoms may arise at any moment, studies indicate that individuals over 45 are more prone to them.

Headaches, stiffness in joints and muscles in the morning, and poor sleep patterns may also be construed as fibromyalgia symptoms. Sensitivity to cold or heat, fatigue, widespread pain, jaw pain, stiff jaw, the feeling of numbness in your hands and feet, nausea, dizziness, skin issues, and breathing disorders are other fibromyalgia symptoms.

Treatment

This painful disorder may need chiropractic care. Fibromyalgia is challenging to treat since each patient has unique symptoms. Chiropractors may manage pain and symptoms by suggesting each person their own treatment plan.

Patients must also collaborate with their chiropractors to develop an efficient treatment plan to get the best results. Chiropractors may suggest some strength and resistance training exercises to reduce pain, stiffness, sleep disturbance, and tenderness.

They may also suggest cognitive behavior therapy to fight stress and depression. It may imbibe positive thinking and help you learn coping skills.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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