What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by muscle pain and fatigue throughout the body along with localized tender points. Usually the best practitioner to diagnose a patient is a rheumatologist, as they are familiar with the condition and similar diseases such as polymyalgia rheumatic and arthritis.
Fibromyalgia symptoms commonly include body aches, aching legs, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and general body fatigue. Additional symptoms such as sleep problems, feelings of anxiety or depression and joint pain can lead to a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis or some other pain problem. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, patients may also experience the following symptoms:
- cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)
- sleep disturbances
- morning stiffness
- irritable bowel syndrome
- painful menstrual periods
- numbness or tingling of the extremities
- restless legs syndrome
- temperature sensitivity
- sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights
There are common coexisting conditions with fibromyalgia as well, including endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
We recognize that fibromyalgia is a complex disease with many dimensions. At MMTR, Fibromyalgia treatment focuses on educating our patients on independent pain management so that they can alleviate and control their symptoms. Using the MyoWorx® approach, we reveal underlying injury that should be addressed prior to additional therapy. The MyoWorx® approach is a fully integrated systems model which determines our treatment protocol.
MyoWorx® clinical data shows that 77% of patients improve with the treatment program for this chronic condition.