By Dr. Greg Fors
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is not a disease, but actually a syndrome presenting with a common set of symptoms; individuals complain of being "sore all over" and generally more fatigued. It conservatively now affects more than 6 million Americans. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is 10 to 20 times more likely to affect women of child-bearing age; however, it can occur in men and affect all age groups.
Besides widespread musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia suffers commonly complain of sleep disturbance, morning stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression and anxiety. Nearly one-third of fibromyalgia syndrome patients claim they can not hold down a steady job. Despite poor response to standard fibromyalgia treatment, healthcare costs have been documented at $2,274/year per fibromyalgia patient. It has been estimated that fibromyalgia puts a $20 billion drain on the U.S. economy, and a tremendous personal burden of those affected by fibromyalgia syndrome.
Criteria of a Fibromyalgia Syndrome Diagnosis:
Many individuals have been diagnosed as having fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) or think they have fibromyalgia when in actuality they have regional myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), (Please see section on MPS to understand difference).
To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome, according to the American College of Rheumatology 1990 classification, an individual must fulfill the following two criteria. (Also there must be no other disease that would explain the individual's symptoms,
1.History of widespread pain for at least 3 months:
1.Pain is on both sides of the body
2.Pain is also above and below the waist
3.Pain is present in the axial skeleton (neck, mid-back, low back pain)
2.They must also have pain in at least 11 of 18 fibromyalgia tender point sites on digital pressure
1.These points must have marked tenderness to palpation and possibly refer pain, and are not just "tender"
2.Pain is elicited with approximately 4 kg of pressure
Also 90% of fibromyalgia syndrome patients report symptoms of fatigue, unrestful sleep, and general morning stiffness. However, recent research is now showing that fibromyalgia syndrome in not simply a sleep disorder and sleep medications are not the complete answer. Because fibromyalgia syndrome can mimic other more dangerous diseases any individual must have a proper diagnostic work-up by a competent doctor before accepting the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome. You can not use this article for self-diagnosis.
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The Pain and Tenderness of Fibromyalgia:
Through complex changes in mechanisms involving the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain), fibromyalgia syndrome patients develop tenderness throughout their body. Fibromyalgia patients have enhanced pain perception at tender points in muscles, subcutaneous tissues, and even the skin itself.
This diffuse severe surface tenderness makes it difficult if not impossible to palpate deep muscle tissues for myofascial trigger points. However, research has found that tender points in muscles and tendons of fibromyalgia patients are many times myofascial trigger points. These myofascial trigger points under the severe surface tenderness of fibromyalgia syndrome patients accounts for a great of the deep aching pain they experience.
If fibromyalgia syndrome patients can work through their surface tenderness to deactivate the myofascial trigger points deep in their muscles they may experience a great deal of pain relief. If they are too extremely tender to apply trigger point therapy, fibromyalgia syndrome patients need to find a doctor to help them lower their surface pain hypersensitivity.
A comprehensive natural approach with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner may help lower a Fibromyalgia Syndrome patients surface tenderness. It is vital to find a healthcare provider who understands how to improve the energy production of the mitochondria of your muscle cells and decrease the hypersensitivity of your nervous system. For example, various studies have found improvement in fibromyalgia syndrome patients utilizing nutritional supplementation, such as: Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium malate and proper anti-oxidants. Also, numerous studies have shown proper use of herbs such as standardized ginger and curcumin extracts can lower pain and inflammation in musculoskeletal disorders.
One study by Srivastava K.C. and Mytafa T. reported in Medical Hypothesis journal found ten out of ten patients with muscular discomfort experience pain relief with ginger. Find a competent healthcare professional that can help you with a comprehensive natural approach.
Myofascial Trigger Points in Fibromyalgia Patients:
Once a fibromyalgia patient can utilize gentle myofascial trigger point therapy, the FENIX Rehab System can allow them to begin release pain-causing trigger points themselves at home. However, instead of using direct deep pressure to deactivate this trigger points, there are special techniques to make it easier for fibromyalgia patients.
The FENIX Rehab System can and should be shared with your doctor or therapist. They can help you pin-point the myofascial trigger points needing treatment and how best to accomplish it. The FENIX Rehab System is an ideal active therapy program to assist you and your healthcare provider in keeping you as pain-free as possible.
At Inland Empire Spine and Disc we use myofascial release and implement the LiteCure Laser for the treatment of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain. We also sell the Fenix Rehab System for home use.
Please call 951-808-5221 and request an appointment and consultation to end your chronic pain without drugs.
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