What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and an array of other symptoms that can often be debilitating and life changing. The symptoms stem from a dysregulation in the way the nervous system processes pain signals that is not yet fully understood. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, and it can be complicated to diagnose.
Fibromyalgia affects about 2% of the adult population, but can affect people of all ages including children. However, most people are diagnosed during middle age. It has been theorized that past traumatic events, such as car accidents and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can trigger fibromyalgia, but this link is not fully understood.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Widespread body pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Brain fog
- Headaches, including migraines
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Irritable bowl syndrome (IBS)
- Digestive symptoms without a diagnosis
How is Fibromyalgia Pain Different From Other Types of Pain?
Fibromyalgia pain is located in muscles and other soft tissue like nerves, tendons, and tissues that surround the bones and joints. It is unique because the pain is widespread all over the body and not linked to an injury. The pain is considered intensified because of the way the brain processes it.
Everyone’s experience with fibromyalgia pain is different. Some people feel it all over their body. Others feel it only in certain muscles, like in their back or legs. The intensity of the pain can vary based on the time of day and activity. In some people it is worse in the morning, or after they exercise. Stress, lack of sleep, and the weather can also affect the type and intensity of fibromyalgia pain.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Fibromyalgia has no known cure and is often a lifelong condition. It is important to note that it is not a progressive disease, meaning it will not get worse over time. It also does not cause damage to your joints, muscles, or organs. Conventional medicine manages fibromyalgia with medication and self-management strategies. Although helpful, the patient can still suffer a poor quality of life.
At Ananta Health, Dr. Risk takes a more proactive role in aiding the patient to improve their overall quality of life. This process starts by assessing the patients’ history with the BioScan SRT testing. Causes or contributors to the fibromyalgia pain such as candida, parasites, Lyme disease, post-viral syndrome, food sensitivities and allergies, heavy metal toxicity and environmental sensitivities need to be determined. Treatment will often include diet recommendations, lifestyle changes, traditional Chinese medicine and a combination of supplements and herbs according to each patient’s needs.