Why are There Different Approaches to Treating Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia can be one of the most frustrating conditions a person can have. It’s a disease that causes widespread fatigue, muscle, ligament, and joint pain. In several cases of fibromyalgia, even the skin can develop sensitivity and pain.
Believe it or not, doctors used to think that fibromyalgia wasn’t a real condition at all; that it was a hallucination or fabrication of the patient’s mind. Many physicians today still have no clue as to what fibromyalgia precisely is or how to diagnose it. But those who seek treatment for fibromyalgia know that it’s not a figment of their imagination and that it is a very real condition.
Although there is no singular reason as to what causes each case of fibromyalgia, research suggests that it’s a results from one of several underlying disorders. Examples include autoimmune disease, hypermobility (loose ligaments), dysautonmia (an improperly functioning portion of the nervous systems that causes weather sensitive pain, irritable bowel, and irritable bladder), clotting disorders, hidden infection, sleep disorders, or psychological disease such as depression. Either way, it is our goal to get to the root problem and treat the condition that is causing you pain.
What Can Affect Fibromyalgia?
Because there are a number of factors that can contribute to fibromyalgia, not to mention a variety of symptoms that a sufferer may experience, there is no single treatment for fibromyalgia. However, the panoply of conditions that can bell weather signs for the disorder include:
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that naturally forms the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus cavity. This buildup is usually on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, which can cause pelvic pain and infertility. Endometriosis is frequently due to a hidden infection or an underlying clotting disorder.
- Blood Clotting Disorders
These diseases either prevent blood from forming clots, or cause it to clot too much (even really tiny clots). If there is too much clotting then infection can hide underneath the clot or the body can become starved for oxygen underneath the clots.
- Loose Ligaments
A large percentage of fibromyalgia patients have loose ligaments. They may not be hypermobile or even double jointed but they are loose enough that more wear and tear occurs on the joints then happen otherwise. While people with loose ligaments experience greater flexibility in their joints they also often have compromised joint stability which can lead to a greater risk for injury.
- Other Immune Diseases
Fibromyalgia patients may suffer from incomplete expression of other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or gout. They may not be sick enough to have the full blown disease but none the less they are inflamed enough to hurt.
How to Find a Good Doctor for Fibromyalgia
The key to getting relief from fibromyalgia is to find a well-experienced physician who cares.
At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, our providers are completely dedicated to your well-being. Our team has a deep understanding of the disease and is experienced in treating patients who have it. Because fibromyalgia patients are so different, this requires a great deal of skill and discernment.
Because there being no single objective test to diagnosis the condition we take an in-depth look at your medical history. We look for the little details that others may have missed; we aim to determine what might be contributing to your symptoms and what can be done to get rid of them. After we have put all the clues together we can move forward together with a fibromyalgia pain relief treatment plan.
Fibromyalgia is painful and disruptive condition, but there are ways you can ease the pain and fatigue and enjoy life. We’ll create a treatment program that is suited to your needs. If you or someone you know is suffering from fibromyalgia, please call us today at 1-864-235-1834.