Do you suffer from pain all over your body? You always feel tired even when you just woke up or didn’t do any intense activity? Is sleep a challenge for you as well because you either find it hard to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night a couple of times? Or do you find it hard to concentrate or easily forgets things?
If you answered yes to all of those, it’s likely that you are suffering from a disorder called fibromyalgia. If you look into the definition of this illness, you’ll see that it is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. While these are hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia, it can be different from patient to patient. Aside from that, like any other chronic illnesses, you may experience good days and bad days. Good days meaning the symptoms are still there but it’s manageable enough for you to do your daily routine. And then there are bad days which people experience what they call flare ups where the symptoms and pain are just too much that you can’t get up and move at all.
Moreover, aside from the mentioned classic signs of this disorder, it’s possible you may experience other symptoms like:
- Sensitivity to light, smell, and/or touch
- Irritable bowel movements
- Stiff joints and muscles in the morning
- Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
- Pelvic and urinary problems
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Skin problems
- Depression and anxiety
As mentioned, the symptoms, as well as the severity of fibromyalgia, may vary from person to person. So as this is a syndrome, finding a treatment that may work for you difficult and may take time as it may take a lot of trial and error. It’s also important to know that, there isn’t a cure yet so all we can do is manage your symptoms. This is why it’s imperative to work with your doctor in devising a combination of treatments that suits your condition best.
One way that people are finding to be effective in relieving their chronic pain is through chiropractic care. That’s because it helps reduce the pain by keeping your spine in alignment, opens your range of motion since properly aligned spine allows the joints and other areas of the body to work more efficiently, and strengthens bones and muscles because when your back is aligned that’s less stress and extra work for your bones, muscles, and joints which results to be able to continue living your daily life without much pain or restriction.
Even if you have already consulted your primary health care provider, seeing a chiropractor here in Singapore would also benefit you. Because they may see something that your doctor has missed since chronic pain is usually due to musculoskeletal issues which chiropractors specialize in.
A chiropractic doctor will conduct a physical examination in order to arrive with an accurate diagnosis of your pain. Once a chiropractor knows your what your pain condition is, he will develop an individualized treatment plan that he’ll explain and suggest to you to help make your life more manageable.