By Justin Pearce, D.C.
Millpond Wellness Center
Fibromyalgia is a disease that impacts the muscles and soft tissues of your body. Affecting about 4 million adults in the U.S., fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose and, therefore, difficult to treat.
Many with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed. But once diagnosed, patients are often told there is nothing that can be done. At Millpond Wellness Center, a Wellness Way affiliate, we know first-hand that is not true. Our very own Shannyn Pearce, D.C., was herself diagnosed with fibromyalgia … and has successfully overcome the disease.
We want to tell you how.
But first, it’s important that you have some additional information about the condition and why it’s important not to settle for the “no cure” answer.
Fibromyalgia is, at least in part, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system is chronically overactive, most likely caused by stress. The most common symptom is widespread, deep muscle pain throughout the body. But, that’s not the only one. Other symptoms include:
• Fatigue and energy loss
• Cognitive issues like memory loss (also called “fibro fog”)
• Chronic headaches and migraines
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, feet, and toes
• Pain points on the body
• Trouble sleeping
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Because many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are rather general, or indicators of other diseases, it is often misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, there’s no blood test or scan that can definitively diagnose the condition. Allopathic and osteopathic physicians will often order blood work as part of the fibromyalgia diagnosis, but this is performed to rule out other conditions.
Fibromyalgia is diagnosed once a person has experienced widespread pain for three months or longer and is sensitive to pressure in at least 11 of the 18 fibromyalgia tender points. The tender points are usually under the surface of the skin, scattered over the neck, back, chest, elbows, hips, buttocks and knees. Pressure to these points causes pain.
Who is at risk of developing fibromyalgia?
Although fibromyalgia can impact anyone, there are certain characteristics that increase risk. They include:
• Family history of fibromyalgia
• Being a woman. Women are more likely to develop the disease
• Experiencing a traumatic event
• Repeat injuries
• Having Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis
Emotional trauma and viral infections may also play a role in developing fibromyalgia.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia…or is there?
As difficult as fibromyalgia can be to diagnose, it can be even more difficult to treat. That’s because If you’re out of options when it comes to managing your fibromyalgia, consider making an appointment at Millpond Wellness Center. We work to help you find your root cause and live a life free of fibromyalgia pain and symptoms. Our goal is to improve your quality of life and prevent fibromyalgia from forcing you to miss out on life’s exciting moments.
Learn more about our approach:
• Attend one of our webinars
We’d love to meet you in person! Give us a call at (859) 219-0617 to schedule a free consultation; attend one of our free seminars, or stop by the office at 3650 Boston Road, Suite 188, Lexington.
We exist to transform lives … let us help you transform yours!
With his doctorate in chiropractic medicine, Justin Pearce, D.C., has used his expertise to change his patients’ lives over the years. He has a certification in nutrition and metabolic testing; therefore, he is able to successfully assess dietary needs and impediments that may be impacting his patients’ health. As a managing partner and founder, his passion is providing care for the many patients who enter the Millpond Wellness Center.
Millpond Wellness Center
3650 Boston Rd #188, Lexington, KY 40514