FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME SINGAPORE

Fibromyalgia symptoms are debilitating, sufferers experience generalised body pain, fatigue and depression.

On the other hand, patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misunderstood as lazy and are told that their lack of energy is caused by sleep disturbances and lack of exercise.

Having chronic conditions can come with a lot of stigmas, a patient can feel frustrated or embarrassed to seek treatment that can greatly improve their health and experience with this diagnosis.

A lot of research has been done to help curb this issue and create effective treatments and medications for patients with these conditions.

Find out more about this condition and how it can be treated. Let’s understand these chronic symptoms that affect many patients in Singapore.

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WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, chronic insomnia and depression. It is a little understood and poorly treated condition. It affects 2% to 4% of populations and it is difficult to ascertain how or why it starts. It is most commonly handled by Rheumatologists, but can also be classified into neurology, psychiatry or general medicine.

Did you know this is a disease helped by Upper Cervical Chiropractors?

WHAT CAUSES FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia causes are currently unknown. Theories for Fibromyalgia causes suggest links to inflammation, stress, infection, physical trauma and nervous system problems. It is known as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’, meaning it is only given as a diagnosis after other serious conditions have been ruled out, such as arthritis, brain disease, depression or infection. Some doctors have even claimed that “Fibromyalgia does not exist” because there is no satisfactory definition for the condition.

What are the common causes of the fibromyalgia disease

WHAT TRIGGERS FIBROMYALGIA?

While the cause of Fibromyalgia remains uncertain, there have been some common triggers that cause flare-ups for sufferers:

1. Medication

Although medication is a common treatment for Fibromyalgia symptoms, it can sometimes cause unwanted side effects or increase symptoms. This may affect nerve functions, increasing sensitivity. This is especially true when there is a change in medication or a new medication.

2. Injuries

A physical injury is often the start of Fibromyalgia, with a physical insult causing changes in the sensitivity of the body and interfering with its normal functions for healing.

3. Illness

This is another common trend, where a suspected bacterial or viral infection occurs, then Fibromyalgia continues after the illness has gone. Subsequent illnesses will trigger a flare-up of Fibromyalgia symptoms, due to the immune system focusing on the illness.

4. Stress

Stress is one of (if not the biggest) trigger for Fibromyalgia. Stress is not just a problem that affects mental or emotional states under stress, but this causes a physiological reaction, changing chemical reactions in the brain, organs and immune system. Stress can manifest as body aches and persistent pain for most people but is particularly worse for Fibromyalgia sufferers. (Read more about stress here)

5. Diet

Dietary choices can worsen Fibromyalgia symptoms, especially foods to which the person has an intolerance or foods that are inflammatory. A healthy diet is a must to give your immune system a vital boost.

For more about Fibromyalgia Triggers, click here

Your lifestyle choices, pre-existing conditions and injury may be some of the causes for your chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia

FIBROMYALGIA DIAGNOSIS?

The current Fibromyalgia diagnostic protocol, for Fibromyalgia symptoms, includes a pain based assessment system to show the persistent pain that is spread throughout the body rather than one focal point with general tiredness for over 3 months. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also diagnosed in 90-100% of Fibromyalgia cases. The treatment is usually a mix of medications, including pain killers, anti-seizure medication and anti-depressants. Estimates show up to 40% will significantly improve, but few of these are thought to fully recover. Occupational therapy, counselling and exercises may also be given to manage the disease, but no medical cure is established for Fibromyalgia symptoms.

Medicine currently provides improvements for less than 40% of Fibromyalgia cases, even when combined with other therapies
Chronic pain, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients should seek medical diagnosis and treatment from their doctors early as these conditions then to become more severe over time

WHAT IS THE CURRENT TREATMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA?

While in the past research has focused on rheumatologic and psychological, new hypotheses suggest changes in muscle metabolism, including decreased blood flow, causing overall weakness and fatigue. Other current research is focused on abnormalities in neurophysiology, affecting nerve function and regulation of neurotransmitters and hormones. 

More holistic practitioners will recommend exercisetherapymeditation and changes in diet. However, for most cases, this offers minimal improvement.

Chiropractors specialise in the nerve system, restoring balance and allowing the body to heal efficiently without medication
Some of the best treatments for a patients fibromyalgia is to increase daily activity and get specific treatment from chiropractic doctors

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)

Similar to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by extreme chronic fatigue or tiredness that lasts for at least 6 months and doesn’t go away with rest. This disorder presents its symptoms in a few ways, such as having sleep that isn’t refreshing, difficulty concentrating, worsening memory and feelings of dizziness.

Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Although there isn’t an identifiable cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, studies show that some people may be born with a predisposition for this disorder. These people may then be potentially triggered by certain factors such as viral infections, immune system problems, hormonal imbalances and physical or emotional trauma.

Chronic fatigue syndrome isn't just lack of sleep it is a medical condition that affects many people

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC TREAT FIBROMYALGIA AND CFS?

Chiropractic has a long history of helping patients to manage and reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms.  Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care is especially effective. A study by Amalu tested the effectiveness of Chiropractic in treating Fibromyalgia symptoms, showing improvements of 92-100% for both Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This was focused on correcting biomechanical function at the occipital-atlantoaxial complex, also known and the Upper Cervical spine, located at the top of the neck where the neck and skull meet.
 
The Upper Cervical spine is made up of the first 2 bones at the top of the neck, C1 and C2. This area is important because it protects the brainstem. The brainstem is the controller for the nerve system, organising the messages from the brain to the correct parts of the body (and from the body back to the brain!). If the Upper Cervical spine is compromised it will stop the brainstem from working properly, disrupting the nerve pathways to the rest of the body. This can develop into Fibromyalgia pain. Upper Cervical Chiropractors focus on these bones in the upper neck, correcting the cause of the problem and reducing the interference in the nerve messages from the brain. This allows the body to heal optimally and naturally, without medication.
Vitality Chiropractic are the most effective chiropractors that treat chronic fatigue, chronic pain and fibromyalgia in Singapore
At Vitality Chiropractic we are Singapore’s only Upper Cervical specific centre, with experience helping Fibromyalgia patients to take their lives back. Click here to read Patient Reviews or hear Testimonials.
Call 8439 9550, email help@vitalitychiropracticcentres.com or fill in your information below to book your appointment.
Chiropractors can help treat patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia by reducing pain which improves a patients experience of life
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