For the country’s five million sufferers of fibromyalgia, chronic pain can greatly diminish the quality of life. However, with regular adjustments from chiropractor Harris Meyer, DC, at Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco California, many fibromyalgia sufferers enjoy a significant reduction or elimination of pain. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Meyer has provided relief for countless fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
Fibromyalgia is most commonly known for leaving you with unexplained chronic pain. This pain can feel dull, achy, sharp, shooting, throbbing, or pounding anywhere in your body. Your episodes of discomfort may come and go throughout the day, leaving you unable to do the things you enjoy. Fibromyalgia is tied to other issues, too. You might also have:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Memory problems
- Difficulty focusing
- Depression or anxiety
- Headaches or migraines
- Pelvic pain
- Overactive bladder
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Widespread stiffness
Who is prone to fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia can occur at any time, to any person, of any age. However, it more commonly affects middle-aged women. Sometimes physical trauma or an accident can cause fibromyalgia, while other times it stems from an infection, surgery, or significant stress. Other times, fibromyalgia symptoms gradually occur over time, and you don’t know the exact cause.
Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?
Sadly, no. Some fibromyalgia sufferers complain of having widespread pain as soon as they wake up in the morning. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, you certainly don’t have to live every day in pain. You have help available at Body Focus Health Center.
Before you head in for your first appointment, journal as many of your symptoms as you can. Dr. Meyer will need to know exactly which symptoms you’re having, how often, and what triggers them. After going through an examination, and possibly getting an X-ray or some lab work, Dr. Meyer can start putting together a pain management plan for you. This often includes getting chiropractic adjustments a few times per week.
When Dr. Meyer aligns your spine, your nerves will instantly get a release from any pressure or impingements. Your pain should start going down shortly after. Because stress can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse, Dr. Meyer could include relaxation therapy as part of your treatment plan. You might need massage therapy or learn relaxation techniques that can get you through bad pain spells. Many fibromyalgia sufferers feel even better by getting deep soft tissue treatments, like ultrasound therapy, as well.