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Fibromyalgia and Acupuncture  

According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia affects three to six million Americans, or about 2 percent of the population.

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, a recognizable constellation of symptoms of unknown causation. The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread muscle pain. The majority of sufferers are women between the ages of 34 and 56. Ten to twenty percent of those with FMS are severely debilitated.

As recently as twenty years ago, fibromyalgia was unrecognized. Clinical examinations often revealed no concrete findings. X-rays, blood tests, and muscle biopsies appeared normal, and therefore the symptoms seemed unexplained. Currently, a diagnosis is made by first ruling out other conditions that may mimic its symptoms such as hypothyroidism, lupus, Lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Then the diagnosis is based upon the patient's history and physical findings. A history of generalized muscle pain and malaise coupled with the finding of 11 of 18 specific tender points is suggestive of fibromyalgia.
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Primary symptoms: 

Pain; Fatigue; Sleep disturbances;

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Secondary symptoms:

Stiffness; Headache and facial pain; Abdominal discomfort; Irritable bladder; Numbness or tingling; Chest pain; Cognitive disorders; Environmental sensitivity; Disorientation & balance problems 

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Possible causes:

While the cause of fibromyalgia is elusive, there are many events which are thought to trigger the onset, including viral or bacterial infection, trauma, or autoimmune disease. Theories pertaining to alterations in neurotransmitter regulation, immune system function, sleep physiology, and hormone control are all being studied.

Western treatment:
Common treatments are geared toward improving the quality of sleep and reducing pain. Because deep sleep is so crucial to bodily functions such as tissue repair, antibody production, and regulation of neurotransmitters, hormones, and immune system regulators, the sleep problems that FMS patients suffer from is thought to be a major contributing factor.



For a complete consultation, please contact us at 704.968.0351.

bulletWhat can Chinese medicine do?

Chinese medicine views fibromyalgia as a condition resulting from general weakness of the liver, kidney, spleen and heart, caused by emotional stress, over strain, lack of adequate sleep and nutrition, and disturbed body rhythm - in other words, the body is out of "synch".

We look at each patient to assess what imbalances are present. There are a number of different patterns that we see frequently with FMS, and treatment should be tailored to each patient's pattern. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help control pain, increase energy and improve sleep and other symptoms. fibromyalgia symptoms are greatly influenced by stress, amount of activity, and environment. 

Our first job  is finding the appropriate stress management techniques, and exercise type and intensity for our patients, as well as helping them achieve adequate rest and proper nutrition. 


What can you do?

bulletEat lightly for dinner, preferably vegetables, grains, and little protein.
bulletAvoid tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, dairy products, red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and processed or refined foods. 
bulletTake a hot bath before bedtime. 
bulletGo to sleep at the same time every night, before 11 pm. 
bulletPractice "Stress Release Qi Gong Meditation" before bed to relax the body and prepare for sleep. 

 

 

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