Fibromyalgia is a complicated and sometimes misinterpreted disease characterised by persistent musculoskeletal pain, exhaustion and tender spots or trigger points. It affects millions of individuals globally, predominantly females; however, it can afflict men as well. Fibromyalgia is a common medical condition that has no generic cause, and it is not progressing, so in the long run, it will not worsen. Therefore, identifying and managing Fibromyalgia is very challenging. While it is currently believed that there are no known remedies for fibromyalgia, there are treatments that could be used to lessen symptoms and make it easier for patients to live better.

A mix of psychological, environmental, and genetic variables may cause fibromyalgia. Some medical researchers believe that anomalies in the central nervous system—specifically, in the way the brain interprets pain signals—may be a major factor. Although the pain associated with fibromyalgia may seem to be coming from a particular part of your body, it is actually coming from the nerve system of your brain. Individuals suffering from fibromyalgia may have alterations in their brains, resulting in a rise in pain-signalling molecules called neurotransmitters, which are activated by repeated stimulation. It’s also possible for the brain’s actual pain receptors to alter and acquire a “memory” that causes them to overreact to pain signals. In those who are susceptible, trauma in the form of physical harm or mental stress may potentially initiate or worsen symptoms. To make matters more complicated, fibromyalgia can also appear to develop on its own without any apparent trauma.

Beyond just pain and exhaustion, fibromyalgia is characterised by a broad spectrum of physical and cognitive symptoms. Pain that is persistent and pervasive, frequently characterised as dull or searing, impacts the body’s muscles, joints, and soft tissues. People who have fibromyalgia may feel stiff, especially when they wake up or after being inactive for a while. This can make it difficult to move around and make pain worse. Furthermore, it’s typical to have increased sensitivity to touch, light, sound, and temperature changes, which can enhance feelings of pain and discomfort. Another common fibromyalgia symptom is fatigue, which is defined as ongoing weariness and low energy even after getting enough sleep. Fatigue is exacerbated by sleep disruptions such as insomnia and non-restorative sleep, which can contribute to other symptoms. It might be challenging to diagnose fibromyalgia since its symptoms are similar to those of several other diseases. Before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is usual to consult many doctors and undergo numerous medical tests to rule out alternative possibilities.

A comprehensive and interdisciplinary strategy that is customised to meet the needs of each individual is necessary for managing fibromyalgia. Although there isn’t a cure for fibromyalgia, treatment tries to increase function, reduce symptoms, and improve general health. For those with fibromyalgia, lifestyle adjustments such as consistent exercise, stress reduction methods, and good sleep hygiene serve as the cornerstone of self-care. In addition to lowering pain and stiffness, physical therapy and light exercise techniques like yoga can help increase strength, endurance, flexibility, and both. Myofascial release, spinal manipulation, and soft tissue mobilisation are a few manual therapy procedures that can help relax muscle tension, increase joint mobility, and lessen pain sensitivity. Medication may occasionally be recommended to treat particular fibromyalgia symptoms, such as pain, sleep issues, and mood swings. 

We at QI Spine Clinic provide a comprehensive approach to managing fibromyalgia, addressing the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction by fusing cutting-edge diagnostics with research-proven treatments. Our multidisciplinary team of spine doctors, physiotherapists, and pain management specialists works together to create individualised Fibromyalgia treatment programs that are specific to the requirements and objectives of each patient. We provide fibromyalgia patients with the tools they need to take charge of their health by combining manual treatment, tailored exercises, and education. At QI Spine Clinic, we’re dedicated to giving fibromyalgia patients all-encompassing treatment and support so they may take back control of their health and well-being.