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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Understanding and Treating Fibromyalgia

Even though fibromyalgia has been around for centuries, it is often poorly understood and has often been characterized by controversy. This is due to the fact that patients’ physical wellbeing appears healthy and their laboratory results are typically deemed normal. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect approximately 2-3% of the population in the United States. Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia exhibit widespread musculoskeletal pain and debilitating fatigue. A common symptom of fibromyalgia is referred to as “fibro fog,” where patients describe memory and concentration problems. Patients may also experience depression and/or anxiety, headaches, and sensations of numbness, tingling, and burning in the extremities. These problems may be exaggerated by the drop in barometric pressure. Patients may experience an increase in aches and pains when a front is on the way or during the colder months. This is called “weather-sensitive pain”; it is due to the fact that your body’s sympathetic nervous system controls your heart rate, constriction of blood vessels, sweating, etc. and is programmed to automatically respond based on changes in weather and pressure.

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