What is it and how is it diagnosed?
As one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders, fibromyalgia is estimated to affect between 5 million and 10 million people in the U.S., and as many as 6 percent of the world’s total population. Although fibromyalgia affects both men and women, more than 75 percent of sufferers are females who are diagnosed between the age of 30 and 40. Patients who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia will typically possess a minimum of 11 of the 18 specific tender points on the body.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia
In addition to widespread pain, patients also report long-term fatigue, disturbed sleep and mood swings. Additional symptoms associated with fibromyalgia can vary greatly, ranging from neck pain, tension headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems, low back pain, sciatica, anxiety, depression, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia.
Traditional treatment options for fibromyalgia
Medications, self-care, and alternative treatments are all used to treat patients who suffer from fibromyalgia. Medications include over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen (Aleve). Your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant such as Cymbalta or Savella to ease the pain and fatigue associated with the disease. Anti-seizure medications such as Gabapentin and Lyrica are also commonly prescribed to fibromyalgia sufferers.
Treating fibromyalgia with Atlas Realignment
Since the central nervous system is responsible for processing all of the information from the outside world, it only makes sense that problems in the nervous system could be responsible for the pain and discomfort fibromyalgia patients experience as the result of certain stimuli that do not affect others. With this in mind, it is also logical to assume that if treating fibromyalgia in Stamford, CT, with an Atlas Realignment procedure treatment leads to improvements in the nervous system, it could also lead to a reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms.
Misalignments of the spinal bones (subluxations) put pressure on the nerves and interrupt communication between the brain and the body. The nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves) controls and coordinates the function of the entire body. Atlas Realignment can restore proper alignment to the spine and remove irritation to nerves, allowing neurological messages to be passed from the central nervous system to the body and back to the brain.
Our goal is to get your spine and nervous system functioning at 100 percent and reduce the pain of fibromyalgia with our expertise in Atlas Realignment treatments. If you are looking for an effective alternative to medications to treat fibromyalgia suffering, call the Connecticut Spine and Health Center today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to understand your situation and help to relieve the pain.