Health Issues #3: Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread, migrating, and often debilitating pain and fatigue which prevents patients from accomplishing everyday tasks , as well as functions and activities of daily living.

  • The National Foundation for Fibromyalgia estimates that as many as twelve million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia.
  • Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common ailment affecting musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis.
  • Women are ten times more likely than men to suffer from fibromyalgia

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine reported that in a group of Fibromyalgia patients, who had received Chiropractic care, the majority of them obtained some type of improvement and nearly half obtained great improvement.

Blunt, K. Rajwani, M., Guerriro, R (1997, July/August).

There is little doubt that Fibromyalgia pain is due to an intrinsic nerve system dysfunction.

Martinez-Lavin M. Fibromyalgia is neuropathic pain syndrome. J  Rheumatology 2006;  33:827-829

The cause of Fibromyalgia must involve one or more abnormalities by which the central nervous system interprets pain signals.

Sheon, R. Soft Tissue Rheumatic Pain, 3rd edition
Fibromyalgia awareness & information

Fibromyalgia appears to result from a central nervous system derangement —the peripheral tissues and tender points are secondary phenomena.

Ediger, B. Coping With Fibromyalgia. LHR Publications (91)