What is Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a disorder that affects over 4 million people annually in the United States, with 90% of those patients being women. The main symptom is widespread aching and pain in muscles, tendons, and joints throughout the body, but more specifically located around the spine region. People with fibromyalgia usually have a myriad of symptoms that accompany the widespread pain. Chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, and gastrointestinal issues are the more common symptoms that are associated with fibromyalgia syndrome, but other symptoms also include:
- Morning stiffness
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea
- Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
- Cognitive and memory issues
- Environmental Sensitivity
- Painful menstrual periods
- Overall feeling of weakness
- Restless Leg Syndrome
The American College of Rheumatology defines fibromyalgia as pain in 4 quadrants of your body, including both your right and left sides, as well as above and below the waist for more than 3 months. There are 18 characteristic tender points on the body used for fibromyalgia diagnosis. The patient must have 11 or more tender points to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. There are currently no diagnostic laboratory tests for fibromyalgia.
Chronic Pain affects over 100 million Americans yearly and can range from mild to excruciating, episodic or continuous, and merely inconvenient to totally incapacitating. Chronic pain is usually more localized and is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain signals get trapped in the nervous system and can fire more weeks, months, and even years. Patients with chronic Pain, just like fibromyalgia, usually also suffer from a variety of co-existing symptoms listed above.
Conventional treatment utilizes a pharmacological approach with prescription medications to reduce and manage symptoms. This has been mildly effective for most patients by merely reducing some symptoms. This treatment approach usually includes a wide range of side effects from pharmaceutical drugs and does not address the root cause of the disease.
Fibromyalgia / Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Age Management’s Fibromyalgia Treatment Program uses a multifaceted treatment model to address the wide range of underlying symptoms that are associated with fibromyalgia syndrome. Using this integrated approach, Age Management develops and individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for patients that utilize the latest and most effective treatment options available to reduce and eliminate fibromyalgia symptoms.