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Fibromyalgia Stats

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that is characterized by widespread body pain that lasts more than three months.  It is one of the most common types of pain syndromes, with an estimated 4 million to 10 million people being affected in the US alone.  Women are much more apt to have Fibromyalgia than men, with 75% or more of all cases being women.  It affects children and men as well, but in more limited numbers.

Science points to a number of genetic markers for Fibromyalgia, with many of them related to neurotransmission.  Therefore, in many families, if the mother has it, then children seem to be at higher risk of developing it.  Those who are 20-50 years old are the most common age group, though incidence does seem to increase with age, especially over 40 years old.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

  • Widespread body pain and tenderness, especially in the muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep issues
  • Memory lapses
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Joint Pain and stiffness
  • Digestive Issues and pain
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Rash or itching
  • Dry eyes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Bladder issues

Symptoms tend to come and go in flare-ups, and can mimic a number of other health challenges.

Fibromyalgia Causes

While the cause(s) of Fibro are unknown, it’s believed that stress and trauma can be fundamentally involved.  Other causes may include infections and environmental toxins.

Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

Fibro symptoms can mimic a number of other diseases, such as MS, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  As a result, diagnosis is difficult, and misdiagnoses are common occurrences.  As well, there are no definitive tests to make a diagnosis that pinpoints Fibromyalgia.

Your doctor will ask you about your health history, including any existing chronic disease.  Doctors will want to rule out other things like sleep apnea, so you may be referred to a sleep specialist for testing.  Tests for Vitamin D, Thyroid, and auto immunity may be done.  You may be referred to a Rheumatologist for further testing and treatment as well.  While Fibro isn’t considered a type of arthritis, Rheumatologists have experience in working with similar symptomology.

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Doctors typically prescribe medications based on your symptoms and severity when it comes to managing Fibro.  These can include analgesics, like tylenol or advil, for the pain, antidepressants to help balance out the brain chemicals, muscle relaxers to help combat the pain, or antiseizure drugs to help block pain along the signaling pathways. Most opioids have been shown to potentially increase the pain and sensitivity in the body, so they are not as commonly prescribed for Fibro these days.

Outside of medications, Fibro sufferers have reported some degree of helpfulness with yoga, mindfulness, biofeedback, physical therapy, acupuncture, gentle exercise, and a nutritionally dense diet.  One new development from a Canadian study has shown that certain gut biome abnormalities are seemingly correlated with Fibro.

How CranioSacral Therapy May Be of Help With Fibromyalgia

With stress and trauma being considered major triggers of Fibro, and subsequent flare ups, CranioSacral Therapy can be helpful in decreasing their frequency and intensity.  CranioSacral Therapy is gentle and deeply relaxing.  One of the biggest advantages of CranioSacral Therapy is deep relaxation of the central nervous system.   With Fibro, the central nervous system tends to get ramped up, which triggers flare ups.  Calming the nervous system helps to decrease pain and anxiety, while also helping clients sleep more deeply, which helps the body heal itself.

Also, Craniosacral Therapy can help the body release trauma, such as from accidents or injuries, thereby lessening the trauma load the body carries.  This, in turn, helps the central nervous system function better and to overreact less.

Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy for Those Experiencing Fibromyalgia

  • Pain Relief
  • Decrease in Flare up frequency
  • Decrease in Flare up intensity
  • Deeper and more restful sleep
  • Feeling more calm and focused
  • Decreased brain fog
  • Relaxation
  • Increased well being

Each person with Fibro responds differently with CranioSacral Therapy.  As a part of a multi-pronged approach, CranioSacral Therapy can help those with Fibromyalgia lead a more active and fulfilling life.

Please call for a complimentary consultation to discuss your particulars and goals.