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Structural Shifts and Abnormal Pain Perception!
It is all about function and restoration
Scenario One: Let’s say I step on your foot, you feel some pain (depending on how hard I step) it hurts, and once I remove my foot from your foot, the pain subsides.
Scenario Two: I step on your foot hard enough to cause soft tissue damage; there is bruising, inflammation, maybe even some bleeding. It hurts when I step on your foot
and it continues to hurt for a few days after I remove my foot—the pain you feel after I remove my foot is the pain associated with inflammation and the healing process (as we discussed a few weeks ago)
Scenario Three: It has been months since I stepped on your foot. The swelling and bruising is long gone. But your foot and surrounding areas still hurts—all the time and there seems to be no reason for it.
In the first two scenarios, the CNS is functioning normally (or close to normal with respect to each condition) The pain is part of the process and any attempt to alter that pain would cause further problems. In the third scenario, the CNS is NOT functioning correctly—clearly there is a breakdown in the neurological communication of the body.
This means that to resolve the third scenario, you must improve or restore the communication of the nervous system—if you ”treat” the symptoms, you will only prolong the condition and will in all likelihood make it worse.
“There is little doubt that fibromyalgia pain is due to an intrinsic nerve-system dysfunction.” – Journal of Rheumatology
- The National Foundation for Fibromyalgia estimates that as many as twelve million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common ailment affecting the musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis
- Up to 40% of fibromyalgia patients have to stop working or change jobs.
Although it is most common in middle-aged women, Fibromyalgia has become increasingly common in children. Musculoskeletal pain represents the most common problem seen by pediatric rheumatologists. Between 25-40% of children with chronic pain fulfill the criteria for Juvenile Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia is by far the most common musculoskeletal problem in relatively young people — at about 50, osteoporosis leads — but below that age, it’s Fibromyalgia which is many times more common than rheumatoid arthritis .
- Up to 28% of adults with Fibromyalgia report the onset of symptoms during childhood.
“Despite its prevalence, Fibromyalgia remains unfamiliar to most people. Many medical doctors were not taught about this condition, because medical schools began teaching about it only recently. The lack of general knowledge, along with the lack of objective physical evidence from routine medical tests, is what leads many on a long and frustrating quest for a solution.” – National Arthritis Foundation
Women are ten times more likely than men to suffer from Fibromyalgia. Now this has seemingly baffled researchers but I have to think (inserting my own opinion here ) that it has much to do with the smaller neck and upper back structure of the female compared to a male. They don’t have as much muscle, they are smaller and therefore are more susceptible to the stresses and forces that cause Structural Shifts.
So lets take the common automobile accident, where you experiences trauma to the spine resulting in a Structural Shift. You may or may not experience some minor soft tissue damage, but often after a day or so, tell everyone “I was not hurt”: how many times have you heard this yourself?
The Structural Shifts occur, but they don’t appear to “show up” until years later in many cases (which is why we spent so much time in previous weeks talking about the physiology of symptoms)
In my years as a Chiropractor I have never seen one single patient with chronic pain that had not been in an MVA at some point in time—I am not saying that this is the sole cause, but in modern times it’s a huge factor.
This is also the reason that people with abnormal pain sensations often experience so many other issues— the Structural Shifts that are causing or contributing to their pain are also causing Secondary Conditions in the rest of the their body.
“Subluxations of vertebrae occur in all parts of the spine and in all degrees. When the dislocation is so slight as to not affect the spinal cord, it will still produce disturbances in the spinal nerves passing off from the foramina.” – Dr. James Woddersee, Neurosurgeon
“The average Fibromyalgia patient suffers for five years and spends thousands of dollars on medical bills before receiving an accurate diagnosis. As a result of misdiagnosis, more than half of all patients undergo unnecessary surgery.” – Devin Starland, MD
“There is little evidence that we can treat Fibromyalgia patients effectively with drugs. A recent study of patients with long-standing Fibromyalgia demonstrates that expensive medical care does not result in symptom improvement or better function.” – Frederick Wolfe, MD
“The medications used to treat pain and inflammation for most rheumatic disorders is not of great help in Fibromyalgia. Aspirin and NSAIDS (non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Ibuprofen, do little to reduce pain. Even more powerful drugs such as corticosteroids do not seem to help the pain, stiffness, and fatigue of Fibromyalgia.” – NATIONAL ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION
Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that likely has more than one cause — although most researchers agree that the primary cause is a breakdown in the normal function of the central nervous system, which creates an abnormal perception of pain.
“The cause of Fibromyalgia must involve one or more abnormalities by which the Central Nervous System interprets pain signals.” – FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS AND INFORMATION
“Fibromyalgia appears to result from a Central Nervous System derangement — the peripheral tissues and tender points are secondary phenomena.” – SOFT TISSUE RHEUMATIC PAIN TEXT
“The actual cause of Fibromyalgia is likely an interaction of many processes involving neurological conditions that affect blood flow, sleep, muscle use, and the transmission of pain.” – COPING WITH FIBROMYALGIA
“An interpretive defect in the Central Nervous System may be responsible for abnormal perception of pain in the absence of recognizable tissue injury.” – JOURNAL OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN
“An oversensitive nervous system generates false alarms spontaneously or from ordinary nonpainful stimuli. Physiologists now recognize that nerves and muscles can generate abnormal impulses and the technical term for this is supersensitivity.” – CHAN GUNN, MD
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