Fibromyalgia is common and chronic pain disorder that often times comes with debilitating pain that afflicts between three and six million people in the US today. Fibromyalgia is so common in fact, that is is the second most common ailment, just behind osteoarthritis, that affects the musculoskeletal system. Like many painful conditions, the first line of treatment for Fibromyalgia lies in prescription drug care, however there are other drug-free options available to patients today.
Primarily affecting women of childbearing age, fibromyalgia comes with a host of symptoms including:
- Pain all over
- Sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
- Digestive disorders
- Balance problems
- Itchy/burning skin
While it is not known exactly what causes fibromyalgia, it is believed that a variety of things from genetics to infections and physical or emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to the condition. For patients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, finding the best course of treatment is imperative to managing pain and maintaining their well being. While medications have long been the go-to course of action for fibromyalgia, many times they come with negative side effects.
For patients seeking alternative, or drug-free therapies, there are a variety of options to help manage the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, gentle exercises such as yoga and Tai Chi, as well as vitamins and supplements to aid in sleep have all been used with some degrees of success to treat fibromyalgia.
One treatment option that has proven to be especially successful in the treatment of the pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia is Chiropractic Neurology. Focused on the brain-body connection Chiropractic Neurologists have the ability to identify problems in one are of the body and in turn, evaluate how they may be causing problems with other systems of the body. Not relying on drugs or surgeries, Chiropractic Neurologists treat specific neurological conditions and focus on restoring the brain and body’s impaired function, rather than by masking symptoms with medications. These treatments have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of conditions like fibromyalgia, due to the whole-body approach.
If you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia mentioned above, or the kind of exhaustion that typically comes from the flu or extended insomnia, please contact Dr Marc Ellis at the Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center for a consultation today.