Fibromyalgia and Back Pain
Fibromyalgia is a disease that until recently doctors, chiropractors, and other health experts has known relatively little about. Fibromyalgia. When you break down this word into its Latin components, fibro- fibers, myo-muscle, and algia-pain, it will translate into pain of the muscle fibers. For people suffering from this disorder, it can mean years of pain and discomfort until it is finally diagnosed and treated. Really, a person with this disease/syndrome may suffer alone until a doctor finally discovers what they have. Only until this problem is diagnosed can it be treated. Someone afflicted with fibromyalgia may have back pain as well as pain and discomfort all over their body, unlike osteoarthritis, where the pain may be restricted to only one joint.
The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is muscle pain, but the symptoms of this disease disorder may affect other systems as well. Fibromyalgia may also cause pain in the weight bearing joints such as the hips, knees, and ankles. Other symptoms may include fatigue in the day, and trouble sleeping at night. From experience, I can attest to the difficulty falling asleep and maintaining restful sleep when I don't feel well. Other symptoms may include discomfort while swallowing, bladder problems, and tingling/numbness, particularly in the extremities. Some people afflicted also report diminished cognitive abilities and pain in many parts of the body concurrently. Though fibromyalgia is a problem predominantly suffered by women, males may also be affected.
Though fibromyalgia can occur in people of all ages and both genders, the people most afflicted include adult females who have a genetic predisposition to this disorder, and a history of anxiety/depression, and an extreme event in their lives. Many people with an extreme event in their past that continues to cause post-traumatic stress will have an extreme risk of fibromyalgia. Since this disease has so many symptoms over so many organ systems, and so many contributing factors, it has been a complex disease to research and treat. Nevertheless, modern medicine and homeopathic disciplines have made great strides in the past 25 years to find treatments for fibromyalgia and back pain.
The cause of an individual's fibromyalgia is often unknown, and there is no known cure. Nevertheless, there are treatments that people have used to find significant relief. Typically, people that have found significant relief have used multiple treatments simultaneously. Many people who have experienced significant relief have used prescription medication, aerobic exercise, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to tackle their affliction. People who have fought back against fibromyalgia have the most success against this disease when confronting it on these three levels.
Medications: Patients should be strong advocates for their care when being prescribed medications to treat their fibromyalgia. If you are someone who experiences fatigue because of this problem, you will not want to take any medications that make you even more tired. That being said, many people with fibromyalgia experience a decrease in their symptoms by taking antidepressants. Categories of depressants to treat fibromyalgia include Tricyclic antidepressants, SNRIs, and SSRIs. Today, the most effective medications to treat Fibromyalgia include Savella, Cymbalta, and Lyrica.
Holistic Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Pharmaceutical Treatments for Fibromyalgia