Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic and complex pain disorder. Persons diagnosed with this condition experience widespread pain in all parts of the body. Although the degree of pain can vary, most people describe it as a shooting and stabbing pain, deep muscular aching, throbbing and twitching. Numbness, tingling or burning may also occur; further adding to the discomfort. Pain is often worse in the morning.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include extreme fatigue, and a lack of deep, restful and restorative sleep. In addition, many people with fibromyalgia may also have other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, depression, vision problems, headaches, migraines, or restless leg syndrome.
It typically takes five years to diagnose fibromyalgia. Currently there are no lab tests available to confirm diagnosis. Family practitioners, internists, rheumatologists or neurologists diagnose fibromyalgia based on the patient’s history, symptoms, a physical exam, and a tender point examination based on criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology. According to the criteria, the patient must experience widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for at least three months, as well as pain or tenderness in 11 of the 18 tender points when pressure is applied.
Medical professionals do not know what causes fibromyalgia. However, new research is helping them to have a clearer understanding of this disorder. Recent studies indicate that fibromyalgia may develop because of physical or emotional trauma or infections. And because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, researchers suggest that specific genetic mutations put one at risk for developing the disorder.
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Chiropractors can treat fibromyalgia using massage therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation and other techniques. Call Baltimore Back and Pain Center today for a free office introduction and consultation or request an appointment online.
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