Signs and Symptoms
Generally, the symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms such as morning sickness, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disturbances, cognitive problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog").
The Medical Approach
The medical approach of fibromyalgia is currently more "trial and error" than a solid strategy. For widespread aches and pains, doctors may recommend acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium. Should these over-the-counter options not help, physicians currently also prescribe Prozac or Cymbalta (designed for depression patients), or even anti-seizure medications such as Neurontin or Lyrica designed to treat epilepsy. These methods, although extremely common, come with detrimental effects. Be aware of the development of fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, weight gain, swelling of the hands and feet, weakness, depression, or dry mouth.
The Non-Medical Approach
The non -medical approach to managing fibromyalgia with lifestyle modification are fairly standard: getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, eating healthy foods, limiting caffeine, and positive outlets for emotional stressors. Additionally, "alternative medicine" such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga, have shown to cause changes in blood flow, alter levels of excitatory neurotransmitters, and calm emotional stress. While some studies show that both medical and non-medical approaches offer some benefit, other studies have shown them all to have no benefit.
The Chiropractic Approach
Fibromyalgia, at its root is classified as an "overactive nerve" condition. Chiropractors are trained to identify an over-stressed nervous system and offer positive stimulus through chiropractic adjustments to allow the nervous system to balance. Chiropractic neither adds to nor takes from anything in the body in order to achieve results. By empowering the body's natural ability to both stimulate and reduce nerve activity, chiropractic adjustments allow the body to recover, naturally, without the unnecessary side effects.