Conditions & Treatment


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness that causes aches and tenderness in the muscles, as well as sleep problems, fatigue, and other symptoms. These symptoms often disrupt your daily activities. The pain usually occurs in the neck and shoulders, back, hands, and pelvis. Fibromyalgia patients experience several symptoms with varying intensities that come and go over time. Luckily, fibromyalgia does not permanently damage the joints or muscles, but the pain associated with it can make having fibromyalgia very difficult to live with.

Approximately four million Americans are suspected of having fibromyalgia. It sometimes occurs in conjunction with other muscle or joint diseases, so determining how many people have fibromyalgia is difficult. Fibromyalgia is age and race blind, but a higher percentage of women have been diagnosed with the condition. The chances of getting this disorder increase with age. Often, people who have had a recent infectious disease (like Lyme’s disease) or have autoimmune disorders (like lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis) are more likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Many fibromyalgia patients have a sleep disorder, which prevents them from getting restful and restorative sleep. Researchers have reported periods of awakening brain activity, in patients with fibromyalgia, that reduces the amount of “deep sleep”, which is important in repairing and restoring the body. Fibromyalgia patients can also experience headaches and migraines, restless legs syndrome, impaired memory and concentration, skin rashes, dry eyes and mouth, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vision problems, neurological symptoms, and impaired coordination.

The pain associated with fibromyalgia has no limitations; it will migrate to any part of the body and vary in intensity level. It has been described as deep muscular aching, throbbing, twitching, stabbing, and shooting pain. Some patients experience numbness, tingling, and burning that add to the discomfort. The symptoms are often worse in the morning. You may also experience flares that are followed by periods where symptoms are dormant. Symptoms can get worse in cold and damp weather, with emotional stress, or if you overexert yourself. If you can't do certain activities because of pain, try doing it differently or don’t do it at all.

While the underlying cause is undetermined, most researchers agree that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the Central Nervous System (CNS). It may be related to oversensitive nerves or an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Whatever the cause, studies indicate that fibromyalgia patients show increased levels of substance P, low levels of blood flow to the thalamus, low levels of serotonin and tryptophan, along with abnormalities in the immune system. Some studies show that genetic factors predispose you to being susceptible to fibromyalgia; however, in a large percentage of patients, symptoms of fibromyalgia have been triggered by an illness or injury. Scientist will continue to study the idea that fibromyalgia is a defect in the CNS.

Chiropractic therapy is based on the proven fact that a person's health is determined by the function of the nervous system and its relation to the spine and muscles.  The abnormalities associated with fibromyalgia improves because spinal manipulation is used to relieve pressure and increase blood flow to specific nerves.   If you have been suffering with fibromyalgia, give us a call today to see how we can help you. 

Dr. White serves Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Statesville, Troutman and surrounding Lake Norman Communities.  Call us today at 704/799-1416.

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