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.
Dr. Schwartz, Dr. Terzella and the staff at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are committed to improving patients’ quality of life by thoroughly assessing the symptoms discussed above and determining the most beneficial and individualized form of treatment. Their unique approach to treating the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia is called “reducing total load”. This means that he will find the symptoms that can be treated then work to reduce exposure to their causes. In cases where weather sensitive pain presents itself, special treatments that increase blood flow have been proven effective, as well as certain injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapy. Following the weather fronts also provides validation to patients’ claims.
For more information on treating fibromyalgia and Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, please visit www.treatfibrogreenvillesc.com and www.piedmontpmr.com. If you are experiencing unexplained achiness, persistent fatigue, headaches, and difficulty sleeping for three or more months, please contact our office at 864-920-1006, and we will be happy to schedule your appointment. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Terzella have a team dedicated to adding quality to your life.