Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Some other problems commonly linked with fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Symptoms may start after physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no known trigger.

Fibromyalgia affects nearly 10 million Americans. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men at a ratio of 4:1. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Diagnosis:

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a thorough history and at least three months of widespread pain and tenderness in a least 11 of 18 tender-point sites above and below the waist and on both sides of the body. Lab testing may also be indicated to rule out other conditions.

Treatment:

The FIRST choice of healing should be a natural one. Drugs may have harmful side effects and pain killers and opioids have risks of addiction. Drugs have their place, but it should be the last resort, not the first. Chiropractic is a good first choice because it is natural and works by correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae (subluxations). Removing subluxations can reduce the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint as well as travel through the space between the joints. Restoring normal joint alignment and motion can help reduce pain, reduce inflammation and increase mobility.

To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call Dakota Back and Neck Chiropractic of Williston at (701) 774-3635 today for a consultation.

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