Contrary to popular belief, Fibromyalgia is NOT just restricted to pain. Some common signs and symptoms include: chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic muscular headaches and alloydina which is a heightened and painful response to pressure. "Brain-fog" is also very common in Fibromyalgia. There are 3 Hallmark signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia: Unrefreshed sleep (morning fatigue), Fatigue, Cognitive Issues. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and GERD occurr in about 40-70% of individuals Myofacial Pain Syndrome -when pressing one area of the body pain is elicited in another part of the body.
Chronic Fatigue happens in 75% of individuals
70-75% get headaches, migraines or jaw discomfort (associated with the muscles and ligaments, it's not like TMJ)
Another group of individuals present with IBS, swollen extremities, sensitive skin, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, impaired coordination, sensitivity to: odors, loud noises and bright lights.
Have you ever heard of the term "Leaky Gut"? And What is it?? There's a good possibility that if you have IBS and GERD you may also have Leaky Gut...
Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may "leak" out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity. The cause of this syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cytotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromised immunity. (Dr. Andrew Weil) If this sounds like some of the signs and symptoms you've been experiencing or if Western Medicine just doesn't seem to be working for you...please let Acupuncture help you!