Are You Suffering From Fibromyalgia?

Here are 3 simple steps to determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

Step 1. Run a comprehensive blood panel: Sometimes other conditions occur concurrently with Fibromyalgia

Some of the more common conditions are hypothyroid, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, hepatitis C, sleep apnea, and cervical stenosis. What this means is that you need to have a blood draw performed with a complete blood count if you are suffering from chronic pain. The reason for this is that chronic pain and autoimmune disease tend to go hand in hand. It is important to rule out more severe autoimmune diseases first before jumping to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because the symptoms can be similar.

An example of a symptom that can be seen in both Fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease is morning joint stiffness. This is not necessarily a side effect of getting old. Joint stiffness is common in a lot of older people but that doesn’t make it a normal symptom. Joint stiffness sounds simple enough but a more serious disease might be the underlying factor. The bottom line is no matter how small the symptoms are if you are in chronic pain it is important to have them checked out and a complete blood panel done to rule out more serious disease processes.

Step 2. Determine if an environmental exposure might be triggering the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

This step is important because there is starting to be evidence of a familial predisposition to a high frequency of Fibromyalgia running in families and it is potentially triggered by an aggravating factor like an environmental exposure. Some experts also believe that stressors can also trigger fibromyalgia. Some examples of stressors can be physical trauma, infections, general stress, poor diet, endocrine disorders, and autoimmune conditions.

When in chronic pain it is important to determine what potentially brings on the pain or makes it worse. Then it is important to limit your expose to this contributing factor if possible. When people are extremely sensitive to environmental exposures it normally means that they are toxic and a detoxification is necessary. These people are having difficulty processing the toxins they are being exposed to on a daily basis. The amount of toxins the average person is exposed to every 7 days is 85,000. that is not an insignificant number and it means that out livers need to be well functional in order to keep up with the toxic load.

Step 3. Identify Emotional triggers

Many health care practitioners believe that an emotional component exists in fibromyalgia patients.

This will mean that about 20-40% of fibromyalgia patients have been identified to have a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety. It will likewise signify that trouble living life can develop as the pain progresses from acute to chronic. These people suffering from fibromyalgia may have a much more difficult time functioning in social situations, holding a job, or coping with stress.

Fibromyalgia can be a difficult disease to manage. Not only is it physically difficult but it also taking an emotional toll. It is important to work with licensed health care practitioner to establish the cause or the triggering factor. From that point it is important to manage the symptoms and the inflammation to decrease and eliminate the symptoms. Find a Chiropractor that works with the structure, emotions and the nutrition for the entire person.

Uncover ways to treat your pain naturally and effectively through chiropractic and functional blood chemistry analysis.

 

Ann Barter

Dr. Ann Barter & Dr. Jennifer Christian

Dr. Barter and Dr. Christian are passionate about
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