What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain throughout the body. This chronic condition deals with interference in the way your brain processes pain signals. This interference can cause long-lasting pain anywhere and lead to reduced activity levels, depression, anxiety, and a lower quality of life.
While this condition is more common in women, it can also affect men.
What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder associated with (but not limited to) the following symptoms:
- Widespread pain and tenderness in your muscles and soft tissues
- Fatigue and sleep problems
- Insomnia due to ongoing pain
- Memory fog (difficulty remembering and concentrating)
- Low energy
- Migraine or tension headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux
Fibromyalgia symptoms are often so severe that they stop sufferers from going to work or completing normal daily activities.
How Do You Diagnose Fibromyalgia?
Because fibromyalgia symptoms often mimic other conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose. Usually, your doctor will look at all of your symptoms and whether they are localized or widespread. This will help them rule out other potential conditions.
You may also be asked to undergo a series of blood tests and a physical exam of your muscles and joints.
Why Choose the Advanced Relief Institute for Your Fibromyalgia Pain Management?
The specialists at the Advanced Relief Institute understand that there are varying causes and degrees of fibromyalgia. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.
Our providers take a multidisciplinary approach to pain and will develop an effective course of interventional pain management treatment to help you heal.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Though medical experts continue to research fibromyalgia to determine its cause, they agree that it’s associated with central sensitization syndrome.
This condition occurs when changes in your nerves affect how your brain processes pain. As a result, you become hypersensitive and experience a high level of pain in response to sensations that aren’t normally painful.
Additional factors are linked to genetics, certain infections, or physical or emotional trauma.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
The pain management specialists at the Advanced Relief Institute take an integrative approach when treating fibromyalgia, creating a multidisciplinary treatment plan that helps relieve your pain, supports your energy, and prevents flare-ups.
Your personalized treatment may include one or more of the following:
This outpatient procedure reduces or relieves the pain of trigger points in the muscles or fascia. Trigger point injections involve an injection of an anesthetic mixture into the trigger point that causes the area to relax.
A topical anesthetic may be applied, and this treatment only takes a few minutes.
Additional injections may be necessary.
Chronic fibromyalgia pain can be treated with peripheral nerve stimulation. This three-part system uses electrical pulses to disrupt pain signals. The first system uses a needle to insert tiny stimulator receivers. These receivers are placed near the painful nerves. This system gets power from the second part, the transmitter. The transmitter sends wireless electrical pulses to the stimulator receiver. These pulses intercept and block pain signals. The transmitter and receiver can be adjusted as needed through the controller (the third part of the system).
While it’s common to have a constant level of pain, many patients experience sudden flare-ups when their symptoms suddenly worsen. We help you identify what triggers your flare-ups so you can avoid them as best as possible.
Our doctors may prescribe medications to balance brain chemicals involved in pain regulation or block nerve activity associated with pain.
We may suggest some alternative therapies and will help you find a trusted provider.
Therapies proven to help alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Physical therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Therapeutic massage
Gentle exercise boosts your energy and diminishes your pain, but it’s also important to know when to rest to prevent your fibromyalgia from worsening.
PRP injection therapy uses the growth factor-rich platelets found in blood. After a sample of the patient’s blood is taken, it is placed through a centrifuge that spins the blood and separates the valuable platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. These platelets and plasma are then injected into the target area to stimulate a healing response.
Much like PRP treatment, stem cell therapy treatment involves the injection of stem cells into the target area. These stem cells reawaken your dormant stem cells in the area so that repairing and healing can begin.
Amniotic fluid therapy uses cells from the amniotic membrane donated by healthy women that are processed to create a concentrated amniotic fluid product. This fluid contains the building blocks to help with cell growth and repair.
You can discuss these regenerative treatments in more detail during your consultation with a specialist at the Advanced Relief Institute. They will be able to determine if you may be a candidate for these revolutionary therapies.
Is There a Recovery After Fibromyalgia Treatment?
Recovery after fibromyalgia treatment will depend on what your treatment entailed. Therapies like trigger avoidance, pain medication, or alternative therapies will have no recovery period; however, they may take some time to provide relief.
Looking for Relief From Fibromyalgia?
For men and women who have fibromyalgia, there may seem like there is no hope of ending your widespread pain. Fortunately, this is not the case. There are many treatments available to you, and the specialists at the Advanced Relief Institute want to help you find the best option.
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