Although we know more about fibromyalgia than we ever did before, the condition itself is still a mystery. Sometimes taking years to diagnose, fibromyalgia is the name given to pain in all four quadrants of the body or at 11 or more tender points throughout the body that lasts for three months or more.
If a patient presents with less than 11 tender points but a combination of these symptoms, their condition would also fall under the umbrella of fibromyalgia:
- Sleep disorders
- Jaw pain
- Morning stiffness
- Skin and chemical sensitivities
- Numbness and tingling
- Chronic headaches
- Menstrual cramps
- Irritable bowel syndrome
One of the best ways to arrive at a fibromyalgia diagnosis is to eliminate other conditions that can create the same symptoms such as Lyme disease, anemia, hypothyroidism, diet allergies and hormone imbalances.
For patients desiring a natural approach to relief from fibromyalgia symptoms, Chiropractic Health Center can use alternative therapies such as massage, ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation to help make you more comfortable.