Fibromyalgia can be very difficult to understand. Fibromyalgia is very hard to understand because of the sheer complexity of how it affects the body system as a whole. It also shares many symptoms with other types of diseases. It can look a lot like chronic fatigue syndrome and, in fact, shares a lot in common with that type of disease. Both of the diseases cause the sufferer to suffer through pain and tiredness. They both seriously hamper the ability of the person to have a productive life at work or at home.
The pain does not confine itself to one area; there can be several areas around the body that feel the pain especially if those body systems include muscles or tendons. The disease also features problems such as pain in the neck, back, and / or knees along with headaches. Just as very patient is different, every patient will have different areas of pain around their bodies.
The nature of the pain and how it spreads itself across the body as a whole makes some people think that there is a more central reason for the pain to exist. The thoughts of why this may happen include hormone and brain regulation processes occurring in the body. Cortisol is often found elevated in many of the patients who are experiencing Fibromyalgia.
It should also be noted that many of these same patients also exhibit problems or pain around areas like the spine. Sprains and strains to this region of the body are very common in these patients as well. It is needless to say that these types of injuries may restrict the types of motion and functions the person was able to engage in before the trauma. The patients may find that they are not able to return to work or other activities that they do in everyday life. Fibromyalgia causes a lack of movement, which, unfortunately, is what a person with Fibromyalgia lacks. The lack of movement or exercise causes the pain to become worse. Bed rest, itself, can be a cause of lower back pain.
Chiropractic care can be helpful in helping the patient regaining their ability to manage the pain and return to a more normal life. Special exercises or movements are used to create balance throughout the body system and especially in areas of the body that may have been injured.
It is important not to forget that diet is very important to the health of a patient as well. Diet can never be ignored when it comes to a plan that deals with the problem in totality. Lack of exercise has robbed many patients of their ability to feel good about themselves. A good diet and exercise can help them regain their self-confidence. However, a good diet also needs to be designed so no hole is left in the nutrient intake equation. It is also true that specific types of foods have certain effects such as increasing inflammation. The inflammation can lead to pain, which is exactly what a Fibromyalgia patient wants to avoid. A good diet for a patient with Fibromyalgia must take into consideration these foods and define ways to avoid them. The basics of good nutrition still need to be adhered to on an ongoing basis. A personal can not eat more calories than they expend or they will gain weight. The extra weight from these endeavors causes more load bearing stress on the joints which will cause pain in the patient.
The body system is just that, a system of parts that work together. Therefore, a person can not ignore their emotions when it comes to overall health. Depression can exacerbate physical pain and problems. Things such as depression can hurt the patient's motivation to exercise which can also hurt their ability to maintain a healthy weight that does not give their joints undue stress. Staying positive as much as possible is always a great help when trying to achieve any goal such as losing weight or managing the pain of Fibromyalgia. A doctor and their patient are a team when it comes to managing pain or dealing with a specific problem.
A plan needs to be defined and adhered to in order for the patient to get the results they want. The team, the doctor, and the patient, need to design a program that addresses the physical and psychological factors that affect the patient's health. Only a treatment program that deals with all of the possible problems associated with the problem has a chance of succeeding.
Disclaimer: This information should be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.