317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Aches & Pains

Fibromyalgia: It’s Not “All In Your Head”!

Fibromyalgia | Piedmont PMR


If you suffer from the miserable symptoms of fibromyalgia you may be weary of skeptics claiming it’s “all in your head.”  Many people with fibromyalgia feel that family and friends don’t fully understand what they’re going through, or even believe their painful symptoms are real. As a result, they lack necessary support, and their struggles with fibromyalgia become even more difficult to manage.

Unfortunately, there is no single reproducible, objective test for fibromyalgia, which is why some doctors still question the validity of the disorder. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia continues to remain a mystery, it is becoming more widely accepted in medical circles as a real and serious health condition.

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Do Hurricanes Make You Hurt?

While it’s obvious that hurricanes can cause massive physical damage, when one is brewing many people complain of increased joint pain, headaches, and painful flare-ups of older injuries.  In fact, when Hurricane Irma recently hit Florida, the Naples News advised their readers to blame the hurricane if they noticed severe headaches and migraines.   It is not uncommon for people who live near or even farther away from the storm to complain of increased musculoskeletal symptoms.

But claims of weather-related pain aren’t confined to hurricane season.  Many people insist they feel aches and pains, including neck, back, and even chronic widespread pain whenever a front is on the way.  At the extremes of temperature (very cold or very hot) the more pronounced this can be.  And that’s why some claim they can predict an approaching storm when they feel pain in one or more joints. You may have an aunt who can forecast stormy weather when her trick knee starts hurting, or a grandmother who says her arthritis always flares up before damp weather.  This is more, much more, then a wives tale.

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Venous Insufficiency: A Common Cause of Leg Pain

Venous Insufficiency at Piedmont PMR

While most people think of joint disease or injury, muscle, tendon, and ligament strain, or back or leg nerve irritation as the most common causes of leg pan venous insufficiency can also be a common culprit.  Venous insufficiency stems from damage to the valves and the walls of the veins itself. Veins are very elastic (to assist in storing the blood until the heart is ready to pump it) and have special valves that prevent the blood from flowing backwards. When the valves or the vein walls are damaged, blood can pool in the extremities; this almost exclusively occurs in the legs due to the added effect of gravity pulling blood away from the heart. It is characterized by swelling, burning, itching, or skin color changes of the legs. Those affected may also notice their legs feel heavy, tired, restless, or achy.

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