FIBROMYALGIA AND CFS: How Acupuncture Can Treat Your Pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia are just two of many common conditions that millions suffer from each day, but when one is seen in a patient, the other can often be seen accompanying said condition. While they can happen separately, it’s more common that they come together as a pair than without. It’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to settle for doctor prescribed drugs in order to treat these conditions, as medications can alter your mood and essentially alter the real you.
Did you know that acupuncture can naturally treat both of these conditions with ease? Of course, acupuncture combined with things like herbal medicine will ensure that the quality of life is drastically increased for you. Using these two solutions, along with a form of Western medicine, can ensure that you’ll live a life that’s far less painful than it once was.
What Exactly is Fibromyalgia?
It’s a word that’s often tossed around for anyone who suffers from pain, but it’s essential that you don’t self-diagnose and visit your primary care physician for an actual diagnosis. Fibromyalgia is a type of pain disorder that involves the brain not sending or receiving signals the way it should be. Because of this, it’s common to have a slew of issues like sleeping problems, mood issues, memory loss, and even constant fatigue – which is where Chronic Fatigue Syndrome usually comes in. We can’t forget about the infamous symptom of musculoskeletal pain, either – as it can be debilitating and ruin the quality of life.
While there are cases of CFS and fibromyalgia coming on suddenly, there are times where it comes on gradually, and can be triggered by certain stress or trauma. Unfortunately, it’s more common for a woman to suffer from this condition, than it is a man. It’s not uncommon for someone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome to suffer from the following symptoms:
- Temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Tension headaches
What’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
It’s no secret that CFS is quite a mysterious disorder, but the research and causes behind them are more secretive than anything. While it’s generally characterized by a massive amount of fatigue that’s continuous, and not just one in your life, this fatigue is often unrelated to medical conditions already associated within your body. While mental and physical stress/work can obviously decline the progress you’re making with your condition, there is no clear cause of this syndrome as a whole. There are theories, but no definitive answer.
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- Non-restful sleep
- Throat becoming sore
- Glands that are swollen
- Memory loss with muscle pain
- Fatigue that is on an extreme level
How Are Diagnosis’ Made?
Since Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is quite a mysterious syndrome, along with fibromyalgia, you may be wondering how a diagnosis is made. A doctor typically performs an exam on your body and will take into account your medical history. There are thyroid tests and standard blood test procedures that are also done to check off what isn’t wrong with you.
As for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there is no official diagnostic test for this issue; however, you may have to complete a number of other tests to rule out everything else. You May be put on medications like antidepressants, pain relievers, medications intended for anti-seizure issues, and more.
Reducing the amount of stress around you, as well as exercising and relaxation are just some of the methods used to decrease the side effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Treating These Conditions with Acupuncture
Since acupuncture is natural, and there are no medicines involved, it’s often a chosen path for those that don’t want to harm their bodies with lab-made chemicals.
A proper acupuncturist will study you as a person, rather than giving you a general treatment. Your pain is different from other’s pain, and what you feel is how you feel – it doesn’t describe the pain of anyone else. In doing so, you’ll receive personalized treatment based on your body and how you feel. Communication is an important step before your acupuncture session, and in order to receive this type of treatment, contact Pro Motion Healthcare at 705-315-0111 today.