Effectively Addressing Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder most commonly characterized by widespread pain and tenderness. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin word for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek words for muscle (myo) and pain (algia).
“Chronic” means that the pain lasts a long time – possibly a lifetime. Many people experience this pain for years before they are properly diagnosed.
“Widespread” means that the pain is all over. Although most people who suffer from fibromyalgia experience pain in the same places, like the lower back or up in the neck. “Tenderness” means that even the slightest amount of pressure can cause a lot of pain.
More than 5 million people in the US alone have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Commonly, it affects women, but it can affect men as well.
Common Symptoms Include:
- Tenderness to the touch
- Neck pain or shoulder pain that spreads out from these areas
- Joint pain. Although the joints are not affected, many patients feel like the pain starts there
- Sensitive skin
- Stiffness, burning, or aching pain
- Radiating pain that spreads to nearby areas
- Exhaustion or chronic fatigue
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Brain Fog
- Muscle spasms
Other symptoms include Digestive problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Dizziness, Dry Mouth, Painful menstruation, Balance difficulties, Tension headaches or Migraines, Tingling or numbness of the hands and feet, and bladder spasms.
Fibromyalgia and Pain
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. For example, imagine touching a hot stove. Your nerves send pain signals to your brain to warn you to take action (or stop doing what you are doing) because an injury has occurred. This kind of pain is easy to understand.
But what explains pain when there seems to be no injury, as in fibromyalgia? How can you hurt from head to toe?
The most current research indicates fibromyalgia to be the result of overactive nerves which cause a more intense response to pain. It’s as if the “volume control” for pain has been turned all the way up.
Alterations in the central nervous system (brain, nerves, and spinal cord) are part of the pain. And the immune cells surrounding the nerve endings in the skin can contribute to fibromyalgia pain, as well. This is often the case with people who experience flu-like fibro symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Not all doctors are familiar with fibromyalgia and its treatment so it is important to find a doctor who is. By the time most people come to our office they have been given prescription medications by their doctors and that’s usually the only option offered. Lyrica or Cymbalta are the most common medications prescribed. On occasion doctors will prescribe narcotics, but there is no solid evidence showing that these drugs actually work to treat the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, and most doctors hesitate to prescribe them because of the risk that the person taking them will become addicted. Lyrica is an anti-seizure medication designed to slow down the brain so that the brain becomes less aware of the pain. This is why many people complain that they can’t think very well when they are on this medication. Cymbalta is an antidepressant. But fibromyalgia is not a psychological disorder. It has biological causes. Many of our patients have been told their problem “is in their head.” Commonly we hear our patients say, “My doctor thinks I’m crazy.” Or, “No one believes that my pain is real. They think I’m just depressed.”
Fibromyalgia IS real. And unfortunately, the medications prescribed for this condition only attempt to mask the symptoms. They are in no way designed to correct the problem of fibromyalgia. Sadly, for most people it is the only option they are aware off.
However, Advanced Medical now offers a revolutionary new natural Fibromyalgia treatment for chronic fibromyalgia pain that is non-invasive and drug-free. This FDA approved treatment heals the underlying cause of fibromyalgia – changes in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) - even in the most severe cases. As part of your evaluation, we spend time listening to you, examining your symptoms and testing the severity of your case. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs. We offer natural fibromyalgia treatments for the states of TN, KY.
If you have been offered prescriptions, injections, physical therapy or other treatments and still experience pain, then call us now. We have state-of-the-art technology that is unique to our office and has provided permanent results and relief from fibromyalgia pain.