Fibromyalgia is condition I often see at Stover Chiropractic. Patients present with widespread pain with multiple tender points on the upper neck, back, shoulders, and hips. Statistics show that fibromyalgia is one of the most cmon musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorders in America. It affects up to 10% of the population. FM occurs most frequently in women ages 20-50.
Experts say it is misdiagnosed frequently and I can attest, it is complicated. Most patients show up in my office having tried painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, injectables and varieties of advanced pain intervention. All of the above are rarely effective for the long term. The challenge is someone in chronic pain seldom has just one source or cause of their pain. My goal is modest, I want to see if I can find at least one factor that contributes to the pain. Most commonly that is a misalignment of the spine that negatively impacts nervous system function (and therefore, muscle function).
Although fibromyalgia is complicated and not fully understood there are studies that show FM often develops after traumatic neck injuries. In fact, nearly 70% of fibromyalgia patients relate the start of their symptoms to a specific injury to their neck. It turns out, a mis-aligned spine, subluxations, or abnormal posture, is a common cause of fatigued or sore muscles. If a chiropractor can help restore alignment and function (more efficient musculo-skeletal system and neurology) the muscles will not be as sore and painful. Hopefully, not sore at all! Upper Cervical chiropractors are getting exceptional results with fibromyalgia patients. Clinical trials and case studies document the improvement FM patients are making.
In my experience, it seems about 20% of my fibromyalgia patients seem to get amazing results with chiropractic care. As if my adjustments (treatments) are the silver bullet. However, most, about 70% respond well, but I don’t feel like I’m the only solution in these cases. In other words, the pain may be 20% or 60% better, but there are other factors that prevent me from getting better results. It is still wonderful to see some one take less medication or be able to play with grandchildren, even if the pain isn’t gone completely.