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Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be complex and can take up to four years to be accurately diagnosed. If you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or have a loved one who is, you might be wonder what the solution is. While fibromyalgia is still a mystery, it's currently estimated that 3 to 6 percent of Americans, predominantly women, are diagnosed with the condition.
Patients who have widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum of three months, and who have tenderness or pain in at least 11 points when pressure is applied, are typically diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The tender points are usually clustered around the neck, shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, and chest areas.
However, if you have widespread pain and several of the following symptoms, you may suffer from fiibromyalgia as well. Common symptoms include fatigue, skin sensitivities, numbness or tingling, dizziness or lightheadedness, chronic headaches, jaw pain, irritable bowels, cognitive or memory impairment, and many others.
Correctly diagnosing the condition is difficult so if you suspect you have it or have been diagnosed, seek opinions from multiple doctors. There are other conditions that mimic fibromyalgia and ruling out other conditions is important. Anemia, Lime disease, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, and allergies are all other conditions that might present similarly to fibromyalgia.
When treating fibromyalgia, chiropractic has consistently ranked as one of the top therapeutic approaches, and one that offers the most relief to patients. Massage therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation may all be incorporated into your treatment plan.
Studies also who acupuncture to be effective in treating fibromyalgia and healing symptoms.
Exercise, stress managment techniques, eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and getting regular, quality sleep, are all additional ways to help manage fibromyalgia.
If you are feeling overwhelmed at your fibromyalgia diagnosis, don't worry. Our team at Physicians Health and Injury Center has the knowledge, training, and resources to help you treat and manage your condition successfully.
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