By some estimates, fibromyalgia affects over 5 millions people in the US aged 18 or older with the majority of those being women. Although the cause of fibromyalgia is not known, multiple factors can be involved including a history of a very stressful or traumatic event. Chronic pain can also lead to individuals developing fibromyalgia symptoms based in part on how the central nervous system processes pain. In some cases of uncontrolled inflammatory arthritic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus, proper treatment of the underlying arthritis can alleviate or reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Although fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, it often requires a team approach with various health professionals that understand it. Proper sleep and exercise are important to help with recovery. There are several FDA approved medications that can be used to help treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but many times other medications may be used. Many patients may find benefit with alternative and complementary therapies such as chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and massage.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Vitamin D Deficiency
The activated form of Vitamin D in the body functions as a hormone and is involved in many different processes in addition to bone health including keeping a healthy immune system and muscle function. Research into fully understanding all the benefits of Vitamin D is ongoing.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to soft and brittle bones, a condition called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. It also plays an important role in osteoporosis. Low Vitamin D has also been associated with other conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, and increased lupus activity. Increasing vitamin D to optimal levels has been suggested to supply a protective effect against some of these conditions.