Fibromyalgia; even the word hurts! Most people today know what Fibromyalgia is but only 6 % of the population knows what it is like. This is almost five million people in the U.S. alone. Fibromyalgia affects mostly women (80 to 90%) but it does affect men too. Many (20%) of those suffering from Fibromyalgia also deal with depression and anxiety. The majority of Fibromyalgia sufferers also have sleep disturbances (60%). When it comes to Fibromyalgia the stats are alarming; just Google™ it, I did!
Because I am a doctor of chiropractic I treat many Fibromyalgia patients. Chiropractic has been known for a long time to be helpful in the treatment of the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. As chiropractors, it is second nature to assist in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. But is chiropractic care enough? No! I love my profession. I am proud to be a chiropractic physician and to be able to help so many people with their problems like neck and low back pain. Yet chiropractic alone cannot and has not been the end to Fibromyalgia pain.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome. This means that Fibromyalgia has many different symptoms associated with it. Some patients have multiple symptoms and some have but a few. However, regardless of the deferring symptoms, there is one common thread or symptom: pain; chronic and often debilitating pain! So how do I as a chiropractic physician treat Fibromyalgia? Do other chiropractors treat their patients the same way? Is there something unique to Lee Family Chiropractic’s approach to Fibromyalgia care? Yes there is.
To begin, you need to make sure that it is Fibromyalgia that you have. Now, with that said, almost every Fibromyalgia patient that comes into my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic office is very much aware that they have Fibromyalgia! But does my chiropractic patient also have other illnesses or conditions worsening the Fibromyalgia symptoms? Often they do. So I do a necessary chiropractic and nutritional exam first. Why nutrition? It is a well known fact that some nutritional deficiencies are tied to Fibromyalgia. Although not mainstream and non diagnostic, I also use a screening technique that often provides clues into what the Fibromyalgia patient’s body is going through. I ask important questions about your pillow, your bed, your medications and lifestyle. These almost always supply valuable insights into the best treatment options for the Fibromyalgia sufferer. And (this is extremely important) I discuss how you are feeling emotionally. This is very difficult for many chiropractic patients but it is also very necessary.
My goal as your Fibromyalgia chiropractic doctor is to get you help. Can you imagine feeling in control of your pain and your LIFE? It can be done, it gas been done. There may not be a cure for Fibromyalgia yet but several Fibromyalgia sufferers have enjoyed a better quality of life through chiropractic, nutrition and Lee Family Chiropractic’s care for Fibromyalgia.