Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, disrupted sleep, waking tired despite long periods of sleep, difficulties with concentration and memory, mood issues and widespread pain, often described as a constant and chronic dull ache. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), some five million adults in this country have fibromyalgia. Most sufferers – between 80% to 90% – are women, and most are also middle-aged. Fibromyalgia is frequently compared to arthritis due to the debilitating muscle pain and fatigue it causes. However, unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia doesn’t actually cause damage to joints, muscles or tissue.
The cause of fibromyalgia is not entirely understood, but researchers believe it is connected to problems in how the central nervous system processes pain. Researchers also suspect that genes may play a role. Several genes have been identified that occur more commonly in fibromyalgia patients. In addition, patients with other specific illnesses, such as tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis, among others, are more likely to have fibromyalgia.
The experienced and compassionate physicians at Integrity Pain & Wellness take a personalized approach in treating fibromyalgia. Versed in the full scope of solutions for all types of musculoskeletal and neurologic pain, acute or chronic, Integrity’s physicians approach treatment as a partnership between doctor and patient, always eager to listen, and answer questions. They always make time to discuss all aspects of the cause, diagnosis and treatment plans. In addition, they work closely with referring physicians as well, to ensure continuity of care.
The Integrity team advocates a combination of minimally invasive procedures, medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapy that will result in the most effective relief of chronic pain conditions. Integrity’s pain specialists believe in using it on a temporary basis until the pain source can be diagnosed and addressed.