Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja) is a complex chronic pain disorder.  It is currently affecting an estimated 10 million Americans. Found most often in women, men and children can also develop it. Ethnicity is not believed to be a factor . Severe symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM) are debilitating to many and interfere with basic daily routines.

Diagnosis:

People with FM tend to look healthy. Conventional tests are typically normal so it is important that our physician be more than just familiar with FM.  In order to make a diagnosis we have a working knowledge of fibromyalgia.

Before a diagnosis is made, other causes of your symptoms will be ruled out.

Symptoms:

  • chronic widespread body pain
  • moderate to severe fatigue
  • sleep disorders
  • problems with cognitive functioning
  • IBS
  • headaches and migraines
  • anxiety and depression
  • environmental sensitivities

Causes:

Some research suggests a genetic component in FM. The disorder can often be found in multiple members of families across generations.

An acute illness or injury can act as a “trigger” for Fibromyalgia.

Research is ongoing regarding the central nervous system as the underlying mechanism of FM.

Treatment:

Since there is no known cure for FM, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function.  Our doctors take an integrative approach to your treatment plan.  Some options include:

Our goal is to formulate a long term lifestyle plan with you that minimizes your symptoms and increases your quality of life.

Simple Changes.  Powerful Results.

 

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