Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a recognized disorder known to cause pain in the joints and muscles, often accompanied with fatigue and concentration issues. Sufferers often find it difficult to perform even the easiest of daily tasks based on the inability to mentally focus coupled with the chronic pain. According to some estimates, nearly 3% of the world’s population sufferers from this disorder with approximately 85% of those affected being women.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Certain symptoms of fibromyalgia have been mistakenly diagnosed as arthritis. Several unique symptoms, however, when apparent with other unique symptoms help lead to a proper diagnosis.

Sleep Disturbances

Also associated with arthritis, restful sleep is often hard to achieve due to the frequent pain of the joints and muscles.

Fatigue

Related to unrestful sleeping patterns, sufferers are frequently plagued by fatigue, making mental tasks and even rudimentary physical actions difficult.

Limited Range of Motion

Certain movements requiring a specific range of motion often result in terrible pain, similar to those suffering with arthritis.

Numbness or Tingling

Often, both fibromyalgia patients as well as arthritis sufferers comment on the feeling of extremities going numb, similar to when a foot or hand “falls asleep.”

Headaches

Although headaches can be caused by a variety of issues, fibromyalgia sufferers have been known to experience headaches related solely to other symptoms of the disorder.

Swelling

Joints and limbs will commonly become swollen.

Memory Loss

Frequent brain fog, trouble with concentration, is a common symptom related to fibromyalgia.

Muscle Spasms

Twitches such as involuntary muscle spasms.

Jaw Tenderness

Painful jaws, similar to the discomfort associated with toothaches, becomes more noticeable.

Increased Urination

Frequent urination when found in tandem with other symptoms often is able to properly diagnose fibromyalgia.

Nausea

Alongside other common symptoms, nausea can be experienced, lending to an accurate diagnosis.

Extreme Sensitivity to Light

Some sufferers have described a sudden sensitivity to light that otherwise did not prove to be distracting.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Although not necessarily a symptom of the disorder, when IBS is present alongside a number of other symptoms, fibromyalgia could be the underlying cause.

Treatments For Fibromyalgia

Upon completion of a thorough evaluation, a customized treatment program will be created in order to address your specific symptoms. Often, more than one method of treatment will be utilized in order to achieve the best results. Some of our common Fibromyalgia treatments include:

Inferential Electro-Therapy

Utilizing low simulated frequencies, the soft tissue of the body is treated, helping alleviate spasms and pain related to fibromyalgia.

Ultrasound

Small vibrating sound waves are utilized to massage soft tissue and muscle, helping to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This therapy has helped reduce the pain associated with fibromyalgia for several patients.

Cold Laser Therapy

This cold laser technology incorporates a light-emitting device used to relieve inflammatory pain associated with muscles, joints and tendons. If you have specific questions about fibromyalgia that aren’t answered here and you would like to learn more about how our team of healthcare providers can help you with your fibromyalgia pain, call us today at 412-279-4522.