by Dr. Kevin O’Hara of O’Hara Family Chiropractic

The condition of fibromyalgia creates many challenges for people with this disorder. These challenges often go far beyond the characteristic chronic pain, which alone can be potentially debilitating. Those with fibromyalgia have pain in many locations and the presence of multiple pain sites is often confusing to their doctor(s). Family physicians, internists, endocrinologists, and even pain management specialists and rheumatologists often have great difficulty in comprehending the full extent of this disorder and the serious health and well-being issues that are caused by it.

The afflicted have so many symptoms that an uninformed physician may find it easier to refer such patients to a psychologist or psychiatrist; however, the physical symptoms are real, with widespread pain on a continual basis. Additional symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbances, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, joint stiffness, and cognitive dysfunction (brain fog). Depression is also common.

Owing to the presence of so many chronic symptoms, fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat. Such patients are typically taking multiple medications, prescribed by multiple specialists attempting to combat the problems that fall within their particular branch of medicine.

Despite taking several medications on a long-term basis, most patients tend not to improve. Depression and chronic pain take a profound toll, and daily living becomes quite burdensome. Many patients despair of ever finding even a partial solution.

Attempts to address the problems of fibromyalgia by just treating the symptoms often fail. As the physiologic causes of the disorder are unknown, holistic approaches have a much greater likelihood of success. Multidisciplinary treatment is needed to impact this systems-wide disorder, including chiropractic care, nutritional recommendations, psychological counseling, and a gradual return to increased levels of physical activity and exercise

Chiropractic care is a holistic method of healing. By using noninvasive methods, which balance function within both the nerve system and the musculoskeletal system, this restores more normal function to the nerve system. It unleashes powerful and natural healing forces, resulting in one’s bodily systems working together instead of against each other. As the body heals, pain and symptoms will likely, naturally, begin to decrease and resolve.

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