Fibromyalgia in Williamsburg
The American Chronic Pain Association offers the following facts:
Fibromyalgia is multi-faceted pain syndrome that affects an estimated 2 to 4 percent of the US population, or as many as 6 to 12 million people. Women are much more likely to be affected by this condition than men. There is currently no known cure or even specific diagnostic tests to diagnose the condition.
WebMD offers the following information about causes and symptoms:
We do know certain things suggest you're more likely to get it:
- You're a woman.
- You have another painful disease, such as arthritis, or an infection.
- You have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression.
- You were physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD.
- You rarely exercise.
- Other family members have it.
Simply put, you ache all over. Common symptoms include:
- Muscle pain, burning, twitching, or tightness
- Low pain threshold or tender points
- Draining fatigue
- Trouble concentrating and remembering, called "fibro fog"
- Insomnia or not sleeping well
- Feeling nervous, worried, or depressed
InMotion’s Basic Fibro Philosophy
There are many claims to curing fibromyalgia, but InMotion has not found any evidence for anything that offers complete relief of pain or symptoms. We do believe, however, that fibromyalgia can be managed with a combination of chiropractic care, exercise, dietary changes, stress management and medication. We work with fibro patients on a regular basis and we have seen many positive changes. We think that we can help you.
InMotion’s Basic Treatment Plan
- Get a correct diagnosis. This is harder than it seems because this is a very complex diagnosis involving multiple symptoms. A correct diagnosis typically requires chronic alterations in pain, sleep, digestion, food allergies, and sensory overload with a history of stressful life situations and anxiety/depression concerns.
- Accept the diagnosis. Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis that most people want, so often the diagnosis is resisted or ignored. Patients think that fibromyalgia always leads to complete debilitation, but this does not have to happen. If diagnosed before the patient “bottoms out” or loses hope, this syndrome can be managed.
- Understand your condition. Explaining fibro is one of Dr. Keas’ specialties. Sit down with her and have her draw out some diagrams showing you the connection between your pain, nervous systems, stressors, and your brain. Bring a friend or family member to the conversation. Understanding that your body works in a very untypical fashion can explain a lot!
- Create your new baseline. You can do more and less than you think you can. This part of the process takes some time, but this is the place to identify your stressors, your limits, and what saps strength from your body. Some of your limitations will be bigger than you thought and some will actually be smaller. InMotion can help you to move within ways that help and not hurt you.
- Create your healthcare team. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that will require an arsenal of people and tools. Educate and recruit your family to be your partner and advocates. Find health care practitioners that believe your crazy pain and symptomatology. Get help with your dietary choices.
- Find ways to enjoy your life. Laugh a little more. Walk a little further. Sing in the shower while you do your stretches. InMotion believes that people with fibromyalgia can get a significant portion of their lives back, and we want to be part of that journey. It won’t be quick or easy, but it is achievable.
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