Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that presents with unexplained pain and overall exhaustion. If you suffer from the symptoms of fibromyalgia, you know how debilitating it can be, affecting your ability to function at work and at home.
It is also often misunderstood or dismissed, adding more difficulties to the physical symptoms. Fibromyalgia is “one of the most common chronic pain conditions”, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, and “affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population.” It most often affects women, but does occur in a small population of men and children.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia produces a variety of symptoms, the most common being pain.
Patients describe the pain as present throughout the whole body that varies from a dull ache to a sharp, throbbing pain. It may also feel like firm knots in the belly of muscles, often causing restricted movement and radiating pain. Some also report that their muscles feel like they have been pulled or overworked, and the skin may feel badly sunburned.
These symptoms can be unpredictable and most patients are frustrated by their physical limitations.
The inability to carry out even common tasks, perform at a job, participate in their children’s activities, and enjoy hobbies and social activities all result from suffering from fibromyalgia.
Getting exercise is difficult, if not impossible, and exacerbates the symptoms, causing the body to become weaker and more prone to injury.
In addition, the chronic pain that causes poor sleep and physical limitation often leads to anxiety and depression.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can include the following:
- Widespread pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Ligament and tendon pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Overall achiness
- Brain fog also called “Fibro fog”
- Restricted movement/stiffness
- Numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, feet, and legs
- Tender points all over the body
- A feeling of heaviness in the body as though weighed down by cement
- Poor sleep due to pain and other sleep disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Menstrual cramps
- Pelvic pain
- Painful bladder syndrome, irritable or overactive bladder
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD)
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
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Causes of Fibromyalgia
The causes of fibromyalgia can vary depending on each person. When a patient presents with unexplained symptoms a thorough evaluation is performed to help to determine the cause(s) of the condition. The causes of fibromyalgia can include:
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How We Treat Fibromyalgia
We believe that discovering and treating the underlying cause for the condition is the ideal solution. Often the pain of fibromyalgia is due to an infection or toxin affecting the energy producing areas of the tissues. These little energy manufacturing plants are called mitochondria. We also commonly find that the thyroid gland is not working up to par and that by nutritionally supporting the gland, we can get people feeling better very fast.
But fibromyalgia is often a multifactorial issue rather than a single issue and can differ from person to person. For this reason all patient programs are individualized based on what is needed. We have successfully treated many patients by discovering the unique, underlying causes related to their condition.
Why We’re Different
Unlike most doctors we are not looking for “quick-fix” symptom suppression that allows the underlying condition to fester and manifest into more serious health conditions.
Sometimes short term pain relief is required of course but our singular mission is to rehabilitate the body back to a state of health and well being.
We can’t promise that we do it every time, but you will find no office that works harder to help you regain your health and energy so you can live a pain free life.
See an Experienced Fibromyalgia Doctor at LifeWorks
We’ve worked tirelessly over the last 30 years to discover and treat the real underlying causes of chronic illnesses. Our all-natural treatment protocols are very popular because they work and because people are seeking real solutions.
Each years we are seeing more and more cases of Fibromyalgia and we have more patients than ever flying in from all parts of the United States and abroad after hearing about our successes.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a difficult chronic illness like Fibromyalgia, feel free to reach out to us at 727 466 6789 or submit an online patient inquiry.