CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AND FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia symptoms are debilitating, and sufferers often 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.
While there have been significant advancements in creating effective procedures and medications for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, patients may still feel hesitant to seek support due to the stigmas associated with such diagnoses.
Unfortunately, this hesitation can prevent patients from experiencing significant improvements in their health. Researchers recognise this issue and have conducted extensive studies to combat stigmas surrounding chronic conditions and create more accessible and successful solutions for patients.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that affects approximately 2% to 4% of the population in Singapore and all around the world. Common symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, chronic insomnia, and depression. Despite its prevalence, it remains a misunderstood and poorly managed condition, typically managed by rheumatologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, or general practitioners. However, many Singapore patients are unaware that Upper Cervical Chiropractors can also help with this syndrome or condition.
When it comes to diagnosing Fibromyalgia, there are a few signs to look at. The current protocol involves a pain-based assessment system that looks for persistent pain spread throughout the body, rather than just one focal point. In addition to the pain, general fatigue lasting for over three months is also considered a key symptom. Interestingly, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also diagnosed in 90-100% of these cases.
The procedure usually involves a combination of medications such as painkillers, anti-seizure medication, and antidepressants. While estimates suggest that up to 40% of Singaporeans may experience significant improvement with these medications, very few are thought to fully recover. This can be discouraging for those living with Fibromyalgia, as there is no established medical remedy for its symptoms.
Despite these challenges, there are still other therapies and lifestyle modifications that can be helpful in managing Fibromyalgia. Occupational therapy, counselling, and exercises may be recommended to help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life. However, even with these additional therapies, medicine currently provides improvements for less than 40% of the cases.
It is clear that more research is needed to fully understand the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia and to develop more effective care. In the meantime, those living with it will continue to rely on a combination of medical and non-medical therapies to relieve their symptoms.
WHAT CAUSES FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, the exact cause of it is still unknown. However, there are various theories that suggest links between this condition and inflammation, stress, infection, physical trauma, and nervous system problems.
One of the challenges is that it is known as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion.’ This means that it can only be diagnosed after other serious conditions have been ruled out. These conditions may include arthritis, brain disease, depression, or infection. Despite the significant impact that it has on the lives of those who live with it, some medical professionals have even claimed that it does not exist because there is no satisfactory definition for the condition.
For those living with Fibromyalgia in Singapore, getting an accurate diagnosis and immediate support can be a real challenge. From medication and physical therapy to lifestyle changes and alternative therapies, there are many options to explore.
While the causes remain uncertain, there have been some common triggers that cause flare-ups for sufferers:
Stress is one of the biggest triggers for Fibromyalgia. Stress is not just a problem that affects mental or emotional states, but also 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 the patients. (Read more about stress here)
If you’re struggling with Fibromyalgia, it’s important to seek advice and medical care from a specialist to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Vitality Chiropractic Centres in Singapore, our team of Chiropractors can help you with an assessment and personalised plan.
TRADITIONAL AND CURRENT SUPPORT FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting people all across the globe. While research has traditionally focused on rheumatological and psychological factors, new hypotheses suggest that changes in muscle metabolism, including decreased blood flow, may cause overall weakness and fatigue. Other current research is exploring abnormalities in neurophysiology, which affect nerve function and regulation of neurotransmitters and hormones.
For many patients, traditional methods such as exercise, therapy, meditation, and dietary changes offer minimal improvement. However, there are alternative therapies that can provide effective relief from symptoms. Chiropractors, for example, specialise in the nerve system and help with issues related to balance to allow the body to heal without medication.
WHEN TO VISIT A FIBROMYALGIA SPECIALIST?
If you are experiencing persistent and unexplained symptoms such as widespread pain, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties, it might be worth considering a visit to a specialist.
Besides, if you have already been diagnosed and are seeking appropriate care and management, a specialist can help you manage the symptoms. It is also recommended to consult a specialist if your symptoms are significantly impacting your daily activities, quality of life, and overall well-being.
Seeking the support of our Fibromyalgia specialist can help you receive a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and personalised care plan to effectively manage your condition.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
In addition to this, another disorder that affects Singaporeans is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is characterised by extreme and persistent fatigue that lasts for at least six months and doesn’t improve with rest. CFS can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.
The symptoms of CFS can present in different ways, including unrefreshing sleep, difficulty concentrating, worsening memory, and feelings of dizziness. These symptoms can also make it challenging for individuals with CFS to complete everyday tasks, work, or even enjoy leisure activities.
The exact cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome remains unknown, but research suggests that certain factors may contribute to its development. Some individuals may have a predisposition for the disorder, possibly due to genetic factors. Viral infections, immune system problems, hormonal imbalances, and physical or emotional trauma are considered potential triggers for CFS in susceptible individuals.
ADDRESSING CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can be a complex process due to the diverse range of symptoms and the absence of definitive laboratory tests.
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) involves a comprehensive evaluation that includes assessing medical history, conducting a physical examination, referring to diagnostic criteria, and excluding other potential causes. Our Fibromyalgia specialist will gather information about symptoms, perform a physical exam, and use established criteria to determine if CFS is present. Other conditions with similar symptoms are ruled out through tests and consultations.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?
Chiropractic care can help with its long history of helping patients manage the symptoms. Research shows that Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care can help in managing and relieving symptoms of both conditions. At Vitality Chiropractic, we offer upper cervical Chiropractic care with experience in helping patients in Singapore using our NeuroPro method.
Our approach focuses on supporting proper biomechanical function at the occipital-atlantoaxial complex, also known as the upper cervical spine. By restoring balance to this area, we aim to reduce interference in nerve messages from the brain and allow the body to heal naturally.
Regular follow-up appointments and ongoing care play a crucial role in effectively managing fibromyalgia. After an initial consultation and session, our Fibromyalgia specialists take several follow-up steps to ensure ongoing care and monitor progress. These steps may include periodic evaluations to assess the effectiveness of the management plan and track symptom changes. Adjustments are made as needed, such as modifying chiropractic adjustments or recommending additional therapies. Open communication between the patient and specialist is encouraged to address any concerns or changes in symptoms.
PRICES OF CHIROPRACTIC FOR FIBROMYALGIA
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Phone call with the specialist for fibromyalgia to examine your situation and see if we are a good match for your needs.
The fibromyalgia specialist will review your full history and conduct various assessments such as a physical examination, postural assessment, and nerve system tests.
Following the consultation, the fibromyalgia specialist will discuss the findings and X-ray results with you, and subsequently develop a personalised care plan.
As necessary, nerve scans and adjustments will be carried out, accompanied by re-examinations and the implementation of rehab exercises.
MEET OUR FIBROMYALGIA SPECIALISTS
We strive to empower our patients to take control of their health and well-being by addressing their unique concerns. Book an appointment with us today to experience the possible benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic care for Fibromyalgia. Call us at 8439 9550, email email@example.com or fill in your information on our website to book your appointment.
Shaan is a GCC registered Chiropractor from London (UK) who graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). He has completed post-graduate studies and has been a decade of experience..
He founded Vitality Chiropractic Centres to open the first Upper Cervical clinic in Singapore.
He is the Alliance of Chiropractic (AOC) Vice President and Chairman for Outreach, organising events with People’s Association (PA) and other charities. Shaan has served thousands of patients, with experience in patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, whiplash, IBS and other chronic nervous system problems.
“You are always better off with a healthy nerve system than an unhealthy nerve system, regardless of symptoms” – Shaan
Jessey is a GCC registered Chiropractor from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), graduated from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). She has experience serving patients from 2 weeks old to 96 years old prior to moving to Singapore and joining Vitality Chiropractic.
She has completed post-graduate studies and is Singapore’s first female Upper Cervical Chiropractor.
Jessey is active in outreach, participating in charitable trips to Cambodia and within Singapore. Jessey has experience helping patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, slipped disc, anxiety, fibrillations, IBS and other chronic nerve system problems. She also has a special interest in children and younger patients.
“I am passionate about helping people kick-start their healing process and have a second chance at life” – Jessey
OUR FIBROMYALGIA PATIENT REVIEWS
My daughter suffered from severe migraines for more than 1 year and other developing symptoms like increasing body pains (fibromyalgia), permanent fatigue, and inability to focus. After numerous visits to the emergency room and a battery of medical tests, Drs could find no cause to her worsening pains. After exhausting all avenues, I decided to try upper cervical chiropractic treatment after coming across one of Dr Shaan’s videos. It’s only been almost 2 months and my daughter has shown improvement in all her symptoms and a significant improvement in her quality of life. I am extremely thankful to Dr Shaan. Thank you for your great work and for making upper cervical care available in Singapore.
I would also like to commend Dr Shaan for his dedication and efforts to educate the public about chiropractic through his videos, books and literature in his centre. The knowledge is so valuable and important for our health and wellness.
I’ve been having fibromyalgia as a result of Long COVID, and I have been having problems all over my body. Never have I expected that my problems were at my neck! I have been having less of these issues now, and I’ve been feeling much better now. Not 100% yet because these things take time, but it’s getting there. Check it out!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
How does chiropractic care complement other medical aids and lifestyle modifications for Fibromyalgia and CFS?
Chiropractic can complement other medical aids and lifestyle modifications for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by addressing musculoskeletal issues, spinal alignment, and nervous system function. It may be used in conjunction with medication, physical therapy, exercise, stress management techniques, and other therapies to provide a holistic approach to symptom management.
How does chiropractic care target the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia, such as inflammation or nervous system problems?
Chiropractic aims to optimise the function of the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, which plays a vital role in supporting the nervous system. By addressing spinal alignment and tension or misalignments, chiropractic adjustments can help support proper nervous system function and potentially manage symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, including inflammation and nervous system problems.
Can chiropractic care help alleviate specific symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, such as muscle pain, chronic insomnia, or depression?
Chiropractic may offer some level of relief for certain symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, including muscle pain, chronic insomnia, and depression. By addressing musculoskeletal imbalances and optimising nervous system function, chiropractic adjustments may contribute to pain management, and possibly even improving sleep quality. Not just this, chiropractic care can also help manage other pains. If you are suffering from any other condition such as neck pain, or whiplash injury, you can consult our neck pain specialist and whiplash specialist in Singapore.
How long does it typically take to see improvements in Fibromyalgia symptoms with chiropractic care?
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