If you haven’t been to the gym in a while, your whole body is going to feel sore after your first workout. Now, imagine what it would be like if you felt that way all the time—only worse. As hard as it is to believe, that’s the exact predicament that people with fibromyalgia experience. In this article posted on MonroeMonitor.com, author Kylie Addison Sabra describes how her life has changed since being diagnosed with it:
“I knew a woman; it’s hard to believe it was only four years ago. She possessed boundless energy; jogging the 30-block roundtrip to and from her Seattle job, laptop case bouncing along behind her. There, she put in a ten- to 12-hour day, only to return home and prepare dinner, clean house and settle her family in for the night. I wish I knew where to find her. You see, I was she.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, also known as FMS. I know now that I’ve had the condition since the late 70s, when I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I’ve lived with chronic pain for nearly as long as I can remember. It never occurred to me that everyone didn’t experience pain as a normal part of their life. It’s like growing up in a dysfunctional family: You figure everyone’s family is nuts.”
As you can see, the constant body aches can turn any person’s world upside down. Unfortunately, doctors don’t fully understand yet what causes fibromyalgia, though researchers believe that the disease causes a person’s brain to amplify the pain signal it receives. Sometimes, the condition manifests itself after physical trauma or surgery, and sometimes it slowly asserts itself with no single triggering event. Fibromyalgia also causes different types of pain to different people, with some likening theirs to the pins-and-needles feeling of a foot that has fallen asleep, while others get sensations akin to electric zings.
People suffering from fibromyalgia are often prescribed with anti-depressants like Cymbalta or Savella, but these drugs do cause side effects and don’t always work well for everyone. Fortunately, those looking for drug-free pain management can visit a pain clinic in Memphis, TN like Chiropractic Memphis. Chiropractors believe that misalignments in the spine cause turmoil in the central nervous system, which heightens nervous responses to stimuli such as pain, which is precisely what happens with fibromyalgia. By correcting these misalignments, the pain can be minimized or eliminated, along with associated symptoms like sleep deprivation and fatigue.
No one understands living with pain quite like people with fibromyalgia. Thankfully, a Memphis pain clinic allows them to manage the discomfort and reclaim their lives.
(Living in the Fog: Life with Fibromyalgia, MonroeMonitor.com, February 4, 2014)