Are you living with chronic pain and fatigue?
Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood and its symptoms overlap with a number of other conditions making it challenging to diagnose.
While people with fibromyalgia experience chronic pain in their body, they also often struggle with a cocktail of symptoms that seriously affect quality of life, such as fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, and depression.
Many patients come to us wanting their life back. They have often seen many health professionals before and they haven’t been able to get an effective treatment plan.
At Enviromed, our team is uniquely trained to help investigate, assess, and treat Fibromyalgia.
What is fibromyalgia?
The main complaint of people living with fibromyalgia is pain. It’s is a painful disorder that affects a person’s muscles and soft-tissues. It is generally characterized by whole body pain, fatigue, and the existence of tender points that hurt to the touch.
Up to 90 percent of people suffering from fibromyalgia are women, most of whom are diagnosed during middle age. However, men and children also can have the disorder.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia-related pain tends to affect the whole body, although most people also claim to have painful “trigger points” on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when touched.
Common symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Whole body pain
- Tender points (places that are very sensitive to the touch)
- Cognitive and memory problems
- Brain fog
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Sensitivity to lights, noises and temperatures
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful menstrual periods
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Restless leg syndrome
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and have not been able to find a diagnosis or treatment that provides relief for your symptoms, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia.
What Causes fibromyalgia
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood. Often it’s a combination of factors including:
- Previous illnesses and diseases
- History of trauma and abuse
- Long term or acute stress
People living with fibromyalgia often feel tired, and feel like their muscles are achy, even though they haven’t exercised. This pain makes it difficult to sleep, and can have a dramatic effect on a person’s quality of life.
The first step to treating fibromyalgia is getting the diagnosis right. Since there are no exact tests that can be done to get a diagnosis, a thorough investigation is needed.
At Enviromed, we have a unique focus on the effective investigation of Fibromyalgia.
Once correctly diagnosed, we can then create a custom treatment plan that can reduce, or remove the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. This can include natural pain relief medications, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and stress management, among other things.
While there isn’t a cure for Fibromyalgia, you don’t have to live suffering everyday. Treatment is effective and can restore your quality of life.