Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder. It can show up with a range of symptoms. Some patients only ever develop one or two of these symptoms, while others develop dozens of symptoms. Some patients have the same symptoms throughout the progression of the disease, while others find that their symptoms change over time. The treatments for fibro also vary. However, many people get good results when seeing a chiropractor. Here's a closer look at the usual symptoms of fibro and how a chiropractor can help.

What are the usual symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The earliest symptoms of fibromyalgia are usually pretty vague, which causes patients to shrug them off initially. You may try to tell yourself that you're just tired. You may wonder if you're just coming down with the flu or the common cold. These symptoms tend to include exhaustion, fatigue, muscle soreness, stiffness, and tired joints. Sometimes, your joints may swell. Some patients find that they do become ill more often. You may also have trouble sleeping or feel depressed.

What should you do if you think you may have fibromyalgia?

If you think you might have fibro, there are two appointments you should make. First, call your primary care doctor. They can review your health history and run some basic tests to rule out other possible conditions. Usually, the diagnosis of fibro is given once other ailments are ruled out.

Second, call your chiropractor. Whether you truly have fibro or not, chiropractic care can help you feel better. And if you do have fibro, starting to get chiropractic care early on can help keep the symptoms from getting worse and continuing to progress.

What will chiropractors do about your fibromyalgia?

Chiropractic care is not a cure for fibromyalgia. In fact, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. But what it can do is help ease the symptoms and prevent flare-ups. 

Chiropractors mostly adjust the spine. In doing so, they can relieve pressure on certain nerves that are associated with the muscles and joints that are sore due to your fibro. An adjustment can also promote healthier sleep. This, in turn, can help ease your depression and make it easier for you to be more active. An adjustment every week or even every few weeks can be a good complement to any other treatments your doctor may recommend.

Being diagnosed with fibromyalgia can be frustrating, but you can rest assured that there are good and effective treatments available. Seeing a chiropractor is a good early step and something to keep up with throughout the trajectory of your disease. 

For more information, contact a local chiropractor