Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Treatment

Fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older. About 8- - 90 percent of individuals suffering from fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children, both boys and girls, can also have the disorder. At Vital Energy, we work with patients to understand that fibromyalgia is not just a disease, but a lifestyle. We empower our patients with community support and knowledge about the disease so that they may take charge of living their lives with fibromyalgia.

Who Needs Chronic Pain Treatment?

Anyone who has been experiencing any form of pain for longer than 21 days. Whether you recently underwent surgery or have been suffering from a previous injury  

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a myofascial pain syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can occur by itself, but people with certain other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other types of arthritis, may be more likely to have it. Individuals who have a close relative with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop it themselves. Although the true cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, it has been linked to family history, exposure to traumatic events such as care accidents and "repetitive injuries, and infections or illnesses.

Treatment Methods

Our therapists have specialized experience in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia by blending energy medicine, complementary therapy, and aquatic therapy with traditional physical and occupational therapy interventions.

 

Treatment often requires a team approach that may include your doctor, physical therapist and other health care providers. A pain or rheumatology clinic may also be a good place to receive treatment. 

  • Pain Management

  • Sleep Management

  • Psychological Support

  • Complementary Therapy

  • Physical/Occupational Therapy

  • Massage Therapy

  • Myofascial Release Treatment

  • Aqua Therapy

  • Light Aerobics

  • Acupressure/Acupuncture

  • Heat/Cold Application

  • Yoga/Relaxation Exercises

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Aromatherapy

  • Cognitive Therapy

  • Biofeedback

  • Herbs

  • Nutritional Supplements

  • Osteopathic or Chiropractic Manipulation

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can occur by itself, but people with certain other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other types of arthritis, may be more likely to have it. Individuals who have a close relative with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop it themselves.

The causes of fibromyalgia are not known. Researchers think a number of factors might be involved. Fibromyalgia can occur on its own, but has also been linked to:

  • Having a family history of fibromyalgia

  • Being exposed to stressful or traumatic events, such as

    • Car accidents

    • Injuries to the body caused by performing the same action over and over again (called “repetitive” injuries)

    • Infections or illnesses

    • Being sent to war

  • Fibromyalgia can be hard to treat. It's important to find a doctor who has treated others with fibromyalgia. Many family doctors, general internists, or rheumatologists can treat fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists are doctors who treat arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints and soft tissues.

    • Treatment often requires a team approach. The team may include your doctor, a physical therapist, and possibly other health care providers. A pain or rheumatology clinic can be a good place to get treatment. Treatment for fibromyalgia may include the following:

    • Pain management. Three medicines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. These are pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and milnacipran (Savella). Other medications are being developed and may also receive FDA approval in the future. Your doctor may also suggest non-narcotic pain relievers, low-dose antidepressants, or other classes of medications that might help improve certain symptoms.

    • Sleep management. Getting the right amount of sleep at night may help improve your symptoms. Here are tips for good sleep:

    • Keep regular sleep habits. Try to get to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day — even on weekends and vacations.

    • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening.

    • Time your exercise. Regular daytime exercise can improve nighttime sleep. But avoid exercising within 3 hours of bedtime, which can be stimulating, keeping you awake.

    • Avoid daytime naps. Sleeping in the afternoon can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you feel you cannot get by without a nap, set an alarm for 1 hour. When it goes off, get up and start moving.

    • Reserve your bed for sleeping. Watching the late news, reading a suspense novel, or working on your laptop in bed can stimulate you, making it hard to sleep.

    • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.

    • Avoid liquids and spicy meals before bed. Heartburn and late-night trips to the bathroom do not lead to good sleep.

    • Wind down before bed. Avoid working right up to bedtime. Do relaxing activities, such as listening to soft music or taking a warm bath, that get you ready to sleep. (A warm bath also may soothe aching muscles.)

    • Psychological support. Living with a chronic condition can be hard on you. If you have fibromyalgia, find a support group. Counseling sessions with a trained counselor may improve your understanding of your illness.

    • Other treatments. Complementary therapies may help you. Talk to your physician before trying any alternative treatments. These include:

    • Physical therapy

    • Massage

    • Myofascial release therapy

    • Water therapy

    • Light aerobics

    • Acupressure

    • Applying heat or cold

    • Acupuncture

    • Yoga

    • Relaxation exercises

    • Breathing techniques

    • Aromatherapy

    • Cognitive therapy

    • Biofeedback

    • Herbs

    • Nutritional supplements

    • Osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation

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P. (803)359-1551 | F. (803)359-0362

P. (803)764-2363 | F. (803)550-9389

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