The figures display the location
of the tender points that comprise the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is similar to rheumatism, which is a chronic condition in which
the joints, and soft tissue, experience pain. Like rheumatism, fibromyalgia cause significant pain and fatigue.
Fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain and tenderness at multiple, and specific places on the body (see diagram), and pain
in response to even very slight pressure.
In addition to pain and fatigue,
people who have fibromyalgia may experience
- sleep disturbances
- irritable bowel syndrome
- numbness or tingling of the extremities
- restless legs
- temperature sensitivity
- cognitive and memory problems
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
is believed by many to be caused by stressful or traumatic events, such as automobile accidents. Others connect it to
repetitive injuries, or think it's related to lupus, or other auto-immune diseases. The actual cause is not known,
and there is no cure.
For a fibromyalgia diagnosis, a person must have 11
or more tender points. One of these predesignated sites is considered a true tender point only if the person feels pain upon
the application of 4 kilograms of pressure to the site. People who have fibromyalgia certainly may feel pain at other sites,
too, but those 18 standard possible sites on the body are the criteria used for classification.
causes painful muscle spasms, painful movements, nerve irritation and pain - all of which can be helped by the treatments
given by Dr. Stewart at Stewart Chiropractic Center. Please contact us today for your free spinal screening exam
to find out how we can help you.