Fibromyalgia is characterized as pain throughout the whole body, along with a whole range of other side effects. There are many theories on why people get Fibromyalgia, and it’s seemed to be caused by stress in the persons life, which can either be physical or mental stress. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) has been linked to fibromyalgia, as found by doctors. Fibromyalgia has also be connected to genetics and can be passed down from genetic mutations.
Here are just some of the symptoms that come with Fibromyalgia: 

  • Pain in a number of different bones and muscles 
  • Tenderness and stiffness in muscles and bones which can last up to 3 months
  • Difficulties in sleeping
  • Problems with concentration and memory 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Numbness in tingling in arms and legs 
  • Breast bone tenderness
  • fatigue

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, no single test or examination says the pains a person may be experiencing is caused by Fibromyalgia. People that are suspected of having Fibromyalgia may have blood tests and X-rays – the aim of this is to find other possible causes of the pain in the muscles or bones.

Relief is different for every person with Fibromyalgia. There is no cure for Fibromyalgia but most people try to ease some of the pain and tenderness with the right approach. It’s important that you learn about Fibromyalgia and play a role in your treatment. 

Here are some ways to manage the pain 

  • Regular mild exercise reduces the pain and fatigue, and will improve sleep in people with Fibromyalgia. Exercise should be introduced gradually. Water based exercise (hydro-therapy) is a great place to begin. 
  • Getting enough sleep is important, putting enough time aside for sleep and reducing your tea and coffee intake after lunch and relaxing before bed and getting up at around the same time each day can really help.
  • Yoga, with gentle poses, meditation and breathing exercises research has shown improved moods and less pain and fatigue for sufferers.

Another way to manage pain flares at home and cost efficiently is to keep a food diary. Along with pain management, eating more fresh food and less processed, packaged foods will give you more energy in your day to day life. Quick snacks of high sugar content will give you a hit of energy but will then make you crash and feel worse than before the snack. 

Try some of these ideas for snacks

  • Blended frozen bananas instead of ice cream – creaminess with benefits of fibre, vitamins and non-dairy
  • Smoothies – can be made in bulk in the morning for the rest of the day. This is a simple one – 1 cup of chosen milk, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 5 ice cubes.
  • Frozen fruitsicles – pureed fruit frozen in icy pole moulds. Like this simple summer one of watermelon and lime juice. Just blend then freeze in portions.
  • Trail mix – a selection of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. You can purchase pre-packed or make your own.
  • Whole frozen fruit – grapes, mango, pineapple and berries all make a great cold treat during the warmer months.
  • Popcorn – not the smothered in butter microwave stuff, the plain popped corn kernels then you can add a touch of herb salt or icing sugar for a flavour hit. 

At Lakeside Chiropractic our professional team may be able to assist you in managing your condition and making the most of your body. We found that some people get relief from fibromyalgia symptoms with interferential, adjustments and dry needling done at our chiropractic practice in Joondalup.
 

We are located in Joondalup – central to Perth’s northern suburbs. Surrounding suburbs include Mullaloo, Ocean Reef, Kallaroo, Hillarys, Heathridge, Connolly, Craigie, Beldon and Padbury. With HICAPs available in our clinic we make your visit as efficient as possible with no need to go to your Health fund for claiming. We can claim on the day of your treatment from these Health Funds, but not limited to POLICE, ACA, HIF, St Lukes, Teachers Union, Westfund, HBF, Bupa and Medibank. Call us on 9300 00958 or book online.

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