Scranton Clinic of Chiropractic is a certified Fibromyalgia Center of America. We know that you cannot get better from something unless you treat the cause. Dr. Scranton and his staff specialize in finding and treating the cause of your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain.
We know that each person suffering from Fibromyalgia has different areas of pain and that’s why treat each case individualy. You will never be a number in our office.
We know that having Fibromyalgia has stopped you from doing the things you love and being with those most dear to you. Our Doctors want to see you regain these areas.
Our trained Doctors have helped hundreds of Fibromyalgia suffers find the cause of their pain and regain their lives. It is their passion and commitment. Contact us at (801) 571-1338 to schedule an appointment with a certified Fibromyalgia Centers of America doctor .
What is Fibromyalgia?
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves widespread pain, sleep disturbance, headaches, digestive dysfunction, and heightened skin sensitivity.
Usually, lab tests are of little use, because they are “normal”. However, people with Fibromyalgia know that they are not “normal”. The most common signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia are heightened due to weather, stress, physical activity or even the day.
Widespread Pain: Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. The pain continues for months at a time and is most often accompanied by stiffness.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): The constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common for sufferers of Fibromyalgia.
Heightened sensitivity: It’s common for people with Fibromyalgia to report being sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
Other common signs and symptoms:
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes, skin and mouth
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight gain
Treatment begins when you are ready to find out the cause of your problem.
I came to Dr. Scranton's office because I have Fibromyalgia and back problems and have dealt with severe pain, depression, fatigue, migraines, restless leg syndrome, and Menieres disease to mention just a few.
I worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a very stressful job, and had to do a lot of typing, bending over paperwork and filing. I noticed at that point I was having problems and had to miss a lot of work. I was having pain in my neck, back, shoulders and severe headaches and nausea. I also taught dancing for years and had to give that up too.
After that I was having a hard time even remembering what I was doing or what I was saying. At home I was always on edge, jumping down everyone's throat (most of the time for no reason) really because I was frustrated and in so much pain. Everything that happened in my life I blew out of proportion and managed not only to stress myself out even more, but everyone else around me. Family started avoiding me. At first I thought to myself ‘good because they don’t care about me and can’t possibly understand what I am going through.’ After awhile I couldn’t even stand being with myself and the way I was hurting other people. It was so frustrating that everyone around me could not see or understand the pain and things that were making me the way I was. They would say ’you look fine’, and so what if I had a little pain and they’d tell me to go get help. I had been trying to get help for years but I just wasn’t going to the right place until I found Dr. Scranton and his staff.
My problems prevented me from doing most everything people take for granted everyday of their lives. I couldn’t sit or stand for long periods of time. Forget bending over without becoming completely dizzy and having nausea. Any movement which involved bending slightly forward or looking down was impossible. Things like making the bed, sweeping the floor, shaking out the rugs, brushing my hair, reading, computer work, the list is endless. I couldn’t look up for fear of falling nor could I turn my head from side to side and couldn’t raise my arms any further than up to my chest. Life was not that great. All of the work that I did had to be done completely at eye level which was difficult with most tasks.
Prior to coming to Dr. Scranton’s office I had been going to chiropractors since I was a few months old. I have had acupuncture, physical therapy, water therapy, whirlpools and still was not getting better. I even went to a doctor who specialized in Fibromyalgia. Worst mistake of all. I have nicknamed this particular doctor “Pill Pusher.” I used over the counter drugs trying to just get through the day without pain and nausea which had little effect.
Dr. “Pill Pusher” gave me so many different kinds of drugs had I continued to take them I would have had another problem, being addicted to drugs. These drugs made me nauseated. The pills he gave me for depression made me more depressed. I stopped taking all the medications and stopped going to that doctor. Apparently that doctor thought I was a nut case because of all the depression medications he gave me.
After I started coming to Dr. Scranton’s office, even after the first visit and adjustment, I noticed I had a lot less pressure in my neck, head and back. Also the feeling of hope that I was really going to get better this time returned. My life has already improved because I am feeling so much better physically and mentally. My relationships at home has greatly improved. My family isn’t running away from me like they did. They can see a big difference in me. They don't completely understand why things are changing but I am working on trying to explain it to them. Other people in my life are starting to notice a change. My dad says “my old daughter is back” and my mom sees that I am so much more relaxed and happier and not in so much pain. My friends say “Wow. You can smile.”
I know I have finally come to the right doctor who is going to help me reach the kind of life I used to have and want to have back again. So many years in so much pain and things lost that I can’t get back. I thought I was going to have to live with this for the rest of my life but I am not. There really is hope and help for each of us. Dr. Scranton is the most caring doctor I have been to and truly wants to help you get better. He listens, answers your questions, takes so much time with you. How many doctors can you say do that? I am on the road to recovery finally and to a much happier life. Thank you Dr. Scranton and staff.
If you have doubts when you come in please don’t just come for one initial visit and then quit, Or come in two times and say you are not getting better. It will take a little time. Do you believe in miracles? I never did until now. Please let Dr. Scranton and his staff be your miracle too.
I came to see Dr. Scranton because my husband had requested the information booklet from Dr. Scranton on Fibromyalgia and before I knew it we were in his office. I think of it as “the first day of living again.” I guess I didn’t realize how much the pain, the stiffness, the swelling, the headaches, the numbness in my hands and arms, the exhaustion and the irritability I felt daily was affecting my family as well.
I wasn’t a happy person, and not only did I feel the pain from Fibromyalgia so did my family. I couldn’t say anything positive because I didn’t feel well. I was angry and I remember saying to my husband if you only knew how much I hurt; if you could feel what I feel. That was horrible and I would never wish the pain and depression on anyone. My husband doesn’t hear negative, hurtful words anymore.
I went to Doctors, I have taken anti-depressants, Advil, Tylenol and I lived on Tylenol PM just to help me sleep sometimes with a cocktail just so I could get 4 hours of sleep. I have had cortisone shots also. That only helped for a few days and only in the spot of the injection.
After starting my treatment with Dr. Scranton I was able to move my head from side to side, drive my car with both hands on the wheel instead of switching off and on, pick up my grandkids without worrying I might drop them, going to bed without Tylenol PM and a cocktail, doing my job in a timely manner instead of dragging through it, shopping with my daughter and loving it. I am smiling more. I went to my daughters track meet and just looked across at the green field and I felt like I could and wanted to just run and do a cartwheel. Then I just thought ‘Yeah, I might be feeling better and I could probably still do a cartwheel but I would look funny.’ A forty-five year old doing a cartwheel in front of ‘a lot’ of people. I do have a few bad days but that is the point, I only have a ‘few’ bad days. I have A LOT of good days.
Now I am really glad that I decided to drive forty-five minutes each way, after working all day, to come see Dr. Scranton because I have my life back.