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

Diagnosing Low Back Pain

Diagnosing Low Back Pain.  Pain in the lower back is one of the most common reasons for people to call in sick to work or be unable to function as well as they would like in their day to day lives. According to the World Health Organization low back pain accounts for around 149 million lost work days each year, which equates to between 100 and 200 billion dollars a year of losses due to reductions in productivity and lost earnings. It’s such a widespread condition, and yet initial treatment options predominantly consist of rest, massage, taking painkillers and gentle exercise. The situation has been described by doctors writing in the March editions of leading medical journal The Lancet as a “major global challenge”, with a reported 50% increase since 1990 in cases of disability due to back pain.

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Empathizing with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

In many ways, fibromyalgia is a lot like mental illness – no-one can tell from looking at you that you have it, and there’s no way of proving to people how debilitating it can be. Ironically, depression is a common aspect of fibromyalgia, so in effect you get two invisible illnesses for the price of one. The invisibility of these conditions makes it hard for people to understand the pain you are feeling, and this lack of empathy can make you wish you had something more obvious wrong with you, such as a broken leg. Nice plaster cast, crutches, immediate understanding from everyone who sees you that you have been through an extremely painful ordeal. The other advantage of having a broken leg is that it should heal completely in a reasonable length of time, whereas with fibromyalgia there’s no knowing when, if ever, your symptoms will be resolved.

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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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