What is meant by describing fibromyalgia as a global problem? Well, it does occur in many countries around the world, but more to the point, fibromyalgia is only one piece of a complex full-body puzzle. Patients with fibromyalgia will report widespread pain in the neck, back, and in other areas, but there’s also much more to the story.
Usually, patients will have sympathetic activation-stressed nerves, which can result in a depressed immune system, obesity, TMJ problems, and even high blood pressure. Headaches are also quite common, as are other aches and pains. Fibromyalgia sufferers usually have a long list of symptoms they have had over the years.
And after years of pain, most patients have avoided certain movements and exercises, thus further diminishing their quality of life.
There is not one individual treatment that seems to help these types of patients either.
Rather, the problem needs to be addressed globally by correcting misalignments of the full spine and extremities, and making sure the joints are moving properly. Diet is also an issue. For many patients, weight loss is also necessary and their doctor can assist them in doing so in a controlled way. Most patients need guidance about certain foods and fats that promote inflammation, which is a key point in addressing symptoms.
There may also be certain chemicals that you are ingesting that are contributing to the problem, rather than helping.
Lastly, all fibromyalgia patients need to exercise. Being a couch potato is no solution for fibromyalgia. Inactivity and inflexibility just makes joint and muscle pains worse.
Many patients start off with simple daily stretches to add flexibility followed by walking. Some patients can barely get out of bed, so they start with walking to the end of the block. The goal is to work your way up to 15-30 minutes of fast-paced walking each day. Then they may consider joining a gym, so they can develop more strength in all of their muscles. This comprehensive approach is key to addressing fibromyalgia symptoms, as well as other important health problems that often accompany it.