Fibromyalgia is a serious lifelong condition that can affect your everyday routine and make you feel exhausted and tired. It causes pain in the musculoskeletal system and affects the nervous system in the body.
Fibromyalgia may feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis. But instead of suffering in a particular region, the discomfort and stiffness is felt throughout your entire body.
Thankfully, it doesn’t usually worsen over time and does not cause harm to the main joints, organs, and muscles. Those who live with fibromyalgia tend to experience more increased pain than others. For example, a small bump or cut may hurt worse than usual.
Causes and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
A few things that may cause someone to develop fibromyalgia could be a past or recent injury or illness, a viral infection, or physical and mental stress put on the body. Unfortunately, there isn’t one definitive cause.
The most classic symptoms are muscle and joint pain and tiredness. Those with fibromyalgia may also experience symptoms that include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Headaches and migraines
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Decreased memory
- Burning sensation in the stomach
- Trouble falling asleep
- Mood swings
- Stiffness throughout the body
- Pain in the muscles, back, or neck
- Sensitivity to cold
- Muscle spasms
Treatments to Help Reduce Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Seeing a chiropractor can help to decrease some of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Chiropractic care includes gentle adjustments to the body, thus helping to alleviate pain and discomfort. Some patients have reported better sleep, improved blood flow and circulation, less pressure, and increased nerve function.
Your body has the greatest chance of recovery when the spine is correctly aligned, and vertebrae can move freely—chiropractic care aids in removing the barriers that try to keep the body from healing.
Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are great for those who suffer from fibromyalgia pain because it finds the exact site of damage and works to decrease any discomfort, reduce swelling and speed up healing. The injection is a concentration from a sample of your own blood that helps to promote healing.
Typical PRP injection treatments take 30 to 45 minutes. A small sample of the patient’s blood is taken and prepared, and administered at the clinic. Most patients have positive side effects rapidly and over time. You should be able to follow up on your normal daily post-treatment routine.
Low-energy lasers are often used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia. Some benefits include improved sleep patterns, decreased stiffness and tenderness throughout the body, and decreased muscle spasms. The laser used in laser therapy emits soothing light waves that penetrate deep into the body, reducing inflammation in the body. Patients soon find changes in their relaxation after a series of brief laser treatments.
For more information on treatment options available for fibromyalgia or other services provided in the Houston area and any surrounding city in Texas, call Campbell Medical Group at (832) 460-6468 for a free consultation.