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Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

Fibromyalgia causes generalized pain and discomfort in the body, and it’s one of those unusual conditions you can’t really test for. The team of doctors at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine assists men and women living in or around Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, to diagnose, treat, and manage fibromyalgia. Call today to learn more about your treatment options or book an appointment online.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition. It causes tenderness and pain in muscles and soft tissue, as well as generalized exhaustion and mental distress.

Though it can be construed as an arthritic condition, it doesn’t cause the same inflammation or joint damage that arthritis does. As a result, it’s hard to diagnose, and it’s often improperly identified. There’s no known cure for fibromyalgia.

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine can recommend a series of lifestyle changes and treatments to help you manage your fibromyalgia.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from person to person and should not be confused with those of arthritis. Fibromyalgia affects soft tissue, not the joints. A pain signal misinterpretation in the brain causes some symptoms. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Paralyzing fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Morning stiffness
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Bladder issues
  • Tenderness throughout the body
  • Muscle pain, twitching, burning or tightness

What are the causes of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to understand. That’s why doctors have had trouble comprehending exactly where it comes from. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine believe that the following factors contribute to the development of fibromyalgia:

  • Infections
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • High-levels of stress

Who does fibromyalgia affect?

Overall, fibromyalgia affects up to 6% of the global population. It typically targets women between 40 and 70 years of age but also affects men and children, particularly teenage girls. Fibromyalgia affects the aging population more frequently.

What treatments are available for fibromyalgia?

There are multiple treatment options for fibromyalgia, as it affects many areas of the body with no definitive cause or pattern.

Your practitioner at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine first makes sure you understand precisely what fibromyalgia is, as it can often feel overwhelmingly inconsistent and arbitrary.

For treatment, your practitioner may recommend that you have trigger point injections, which consists of injecting plant-based, non-steroidal Sarapin® directly into the affected area. Sarapin injections stop the pain signals in the nerves of the spine.

Sarapin injections do not damage the surrounding area and have no known side effects.

Other fibromyalgia treatments include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Massage therapy
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antiseizure medicine
  • Yoga and pilates  

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine work with you to craft an individualized pain management regimen that will allow you to resume daily activities with minimal pain. Call or book an appointment online today to start taking steps to eliminate pain.

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