Chronic Pain (which can also be diagnosed as Fibromyalgia) can be devastating. This disease tears away at an individual physically, emotionally, and financially. It interferes with work, relationships, and every area relating to quality of life. Many have sought out help from multiple sources only to be left frustrated and hopeless. Even more have even been told it is “all in their heads” and that there is no physical cause for their pain, which has only led to greater levels of frustration and concern.
While some cases of chronic pain stem from an injury, accident, or surgery, other cases seems to come on with no known cause at all. Many of the cases that are induced by an injury, accident or surgery start off by taking highly addictive pain killers during recovery and are unable to ween off of them. Physically, their bodies are healing, but neurologically they are still receiving pain signals.
The typical medical diagnostic regimen for chronic pain is X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan, and EMG. Depending on where these diagnostics are performed, costs can range from $1800-$4500 for any combination of these tests. The results almost always come back negative. Fibromyalgia is typically diagnosed by performing an exam and exceeding the diagnostic requirement for painful spots or areas.
Those with gradual onset pain start off taking over the counter medication for their symptoms, but in these cases the pain escalates to levels where these drugs no longer provide relief. Chronic pain cases often resort to prescription pain killers. Unfortunately, these drugs provide temporary relief and many end up on narcotics and opioids. This trend has contributed to the opioid epidemic that has been disastrous for individuals, their families and the nation. Fibromyalgia does not typically respond to pain killers alone, so many end up on Cymbalta (an antidepressant) and Lyrica (an anti-seizure medication). These medications can cost as much as $1000/month, and the overwhelming majority of reports state that the drugs help the individual get through their day (somedays) but aren’t correcting the problem.
For chronic pain, there are many positive outcomes from therapy and at home stretches and exercises. While at home stretching routines are virtually free, therapy sessions typically cost $55-$150 per visit. Though most report positive benefits from their therapy, the overwhelming majority also report the relief to be temporary and only lasting a few hours to a few days. Cases of Fibromyalgia often report therapy to exacerbate their condition, but once in remission, yoga and stretching have been essential in long term recovery.
Even greater than the physical pain is the psychological strain these conditions have on sufferers. Many physicians still do not understand chronic pain and are unable to offer viable solutions, leaving individuals hopeless. Many have had to give up careers and seek disability to survive. Parents are having to be cared for by their children. Individuals are finding themselves to be incapable of being a meaningful contributor to society, leaving them with a sense of devastation and worthlessness.
Chiropractic care has become a preferred method of treatment for Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Chiropractic addresses the misalignment of vertebrae and pain causing nerve pressure. With proper spinal balance, the nerve pressure is relieved, and the pain and muscle spasms alleviated. Chiropractic care combined with nutrition, ice, passive therapy and stretching excises has yielded optimal outcomes.
Diet and nutrition are critical components to pain recovery. Removing toxins from ones system and diet are essential to reducing pain causing inflammation. Depending on the individual’s level of toxicity, environmental factors, and genetics, quality foods and supplements could be major components to recovery. Dietary changes can have an immediate impact, but with additional patience, refinement and persistence, long term results can be outstanding.
Overcoming chronic pain cycles is not fun, fast or easy. Many who have been in pain for so long they have actually begun to identify with their condition. As the cause of the pain is being reduced and removed, health coaches help establish a firm plan of action and accountability towards the goal. Many health professionals feel overwhelmed by the multifactorial nature of chronic pain. Health coaching bridges the gaps and creates “transformers” out of sufferers.