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Frequently Asked Questions about Fibromyalgia with Our Old Bridge, Freehold and Matawan Chiropractors

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic disorder characterized by aches and pains all over the body.

man with fibromyalgia

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain and tenderness. Some people with the condition experience cognitive and memory problems sometimes known as “fibro fog,” trouble sleeping, headaches, morning stiffness, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, and even irritable bowel syndrome or painful menstrual periods. Fibromyalgia can even cause sensitivity to temperature extremes, loud noises or bright lights.

Is fibromyalgia a form of arthritis?

While many people associate fibromyalgia with arthritis, fibromyalgia is not associated with bone or tissue damage so it is not really a type of arthritis.

How many people have fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects about 2 percent of people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who does fibromyalgia mainly affect?

Fibromyalgia affects mainly women. Most of the 5 million adults with fibromyalgia are women. In fact, seven women have fibromyalgia for every man with the condition. Most people who receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia are middle aged; prevalence of the condition increases with age.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Medical science has not yet determined the causes of fibromyalgia but professionals believe a number of factors play a role in its development. Some associate fibromyalgia with a physically or emotionally traumatic event, such as a car crash. Others believe there is a connection between fibromyalgia and a specific illness or repetitive injuries. The condition seems to develop spontaneously – for no apparent cause – for many. Researchers are examining other causes, such as central nervous system problems that interfere with how the brain and spinal cord process pain.

Is fibromyalgia easy to diagnose?

Fibromyalgia is not always easy to diagnose because the main symptoms of the condition – pain and fatigue – are also the primary symptoms of many other conditions so doctors have to rule out a long list of other problems before reaching a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. There are no laboratory or radiology tests for fibromyalgia; standards tests fail to reveal an underlying reason for the pain. Many patients see several family practitioners and specialists before receive the correct diagnosis.

How do medical professionals diagnose fibromyalgia?

Our Old Bridge, Freehold, and Matawan chiropractors are familiar with fibromyalgia and can make a correct diagnosis by looking for signs such as widespread pain lasting for more than 3 months and symptoms associated with the condition.

What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?

Treatment for fibromyalgia centers on pain control, sleep management, psychological support and other treatments, especially chiropractic care, corrective exercises, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture.

What should I do if I have fibromyalgia?

If you have fibromyalgia, make an appointment with one of our chiropractors at Old Bridge Spine & Wellness. We have convenient locations in Old Bridge, Freehold and Matawan. Make your appointment today by calling (732) 316-5895.

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