Fibromyalgia – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Fibromyalgia or Fibromylagia Syndrome (FMS) is a catch-all term for people experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and pain that are unexplainable using the current medical model. Dr. LeGault, a North Hills Pittsburgh Chiropractor has helped numerous practice members, some diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and others that have been “dealing” with associated symptoms.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that are typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances— also called fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is known as an idiopathic condition, which means it arises from an unknown cause or origin. The medical community speculates that it is due to hypersensitive or hyper-excitable CNS (Central Nervous System) and nerve(s).
What Are Some Fibromyalgia Treatment Options?
Drug Recommendations via the Mayo Clinic include:
Analgesics - Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may ease the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, its effectiveness varies. Tramadol (Ultram) is a prescription pain reliever that may be taken with or without acetaminophen. Your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others) — in conjunction with other medications.
Antidepressants - Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) may help ease the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Your doctor may prescribe amitriptyline or fluoxetine (Prozac) to help promote sleep.
Anti-seizure drugs - Medications designed to treat epilepsy are often useful in reducing certain types of pain. Gabapentin (Neurontin) is sometimes helpful in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms, while pregabalin (Lyrica) was the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia.
There are a lot of medically “recommended” DRUGS, but they all have several effects, some wanted and others unwanted. If you are having great results without the unwanted effects, congrats! Although, altering the body’s natural pH and homeostasis for an extended period of time will likely contribute to a new problem. For instance, medications that mask the problem can lead to progression and comorbidity. Therefore, it is important to simplify the situation and attack it systematically from most natural to least natural.
Lyrica (pregabalin) is approved to treat Fibromyalgia even though the cause of Fibromyalgia is unkown. Let me state that again in case you missed it, this drug is approved to treat Fibromyalgia which has NO KNOWN cause; that is ludicrous. Here are the effects of Lyrica (pregabalin):
…tiredness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, gas, bloating, ”high” or elevated mood, speech problems, difficulty concentrating or paying attention, confusion, difficulty remembering or forgetfulness, anxiety, lack of coordination, loss of balance or unsteadiness, uncontrollable shaking or jerking of a part of the body, muscle twitching, weakness, increased appetite, weight gain, swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, back pain, blurred vision, double vision, or other changes in eyesight, hives, rash, itching, blisters, swelling of the eyes face, throat, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, head or neck, shortness of breath, wheezing, muscle pain, tenderness, soreness, or weakness, (especially if it comes along with fever), chest pain. -AHFS Consumer Medication Information
Sounds like fun! As a person seeking health, you cannot be idle and submissive to a pharmaceutical company’s multi-million dollar panacea or “magic” pill. As a complex organism with multiple factors influencing and affecting your state of health, you must take control of the controllable.
Let’s recall the structures that are problematic:
1. Nervous System – Master control of the body. (Brain, spinal cord, nerves)
2. Muscles – Different types exist but all are directly linked to the nervous system; examples include ambulation (calf muscles, upper thigh muscles, etc.), circulation (heart), and respiration (diaphragm), etc.
3. Tendons – What a coincidence, directly linked to the nervous system and keep muscles attached to bones.
4. Connective Tissue (vague) – Makes up frame-work for the entire body, examples: bone, ligaments and capsules of joints, cartilage, blood, and much more.
t appears that all the dysfunctional or problematic tissues have one major factor in common and that is nervous system control. Connective tissues (bones) protect the delicate brain (master control of all bodily functions) and spinal cord. These protective bones have the ability to become dysfunctional due to thoughts (internal hormonal & chemical changes), traumas (sudden applied, repetitive, and cumulative forces), and lastly toxins (chemical additives in food & beverages, pesticides, pollution, pharmaceuticals, etc).
When our bones don’t move properly, local inflammation occurs and nerves become choked causing either an excited or inhibited effect. The brain receives negative feedback creating abnormal and unwanted postural, muscular, and neurological changes to the body. Chronic change and neurological dysfunction cause systemic problems affecting the muscles, nerves, organs, and joint health resulting in joint degeneration, chronic inflammation, pain, and possibly somatic-visceral dysfunctions (lung, heart, digestive, reproductive, cognitive issues). Don’t lose hope. There are natural and effective answers.
Natural and Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment:
LeGault Chiropractic, located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, specializes in correcting these problems to reduce and eliminate the detrimental effects produced by structural and neurological interference. Specific chiropractic care focusing on the correction of nervous system interference and spinal curve restoration provides the necessary feedback to correct the body imbalances and vertebral subluxation complex that diminish health.
Lifestyle changes are also required to create a cumulative constructive effect to decrease symptoms and promote overall health:
Reduce foods and beverages that produce an inflammatory or detrimental response to the GI system such as refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup (soda pop, condiments, candy, etc.), wheat products, and dairy. If you absolutely cannot change your diet, it is necessary to implement specific vitamins and nutritional supplements.
Exercise – Mild to moderate intensity, incorporating weight-bearing exercises (loading & unloading joints), walking or jogging, and dynamic stretching.
Increase hydration via purified water. As activity increases, water consumption should increase proportionately.
Increase quality of sleep. Prepare your brain for sleep mode by powering off electronic devices (computers, phones, television, etc.) approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to sleep.