Fibromyalgia

If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, you know what a frustratingly complex and debilitating disease it can be. You may already have seen several physicians and specialists, each time to be disappointed that you’re still in pain.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia have chronic and widespread pain, as well as “tender points” on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and legs, which hurt when slight pressure is applied.

Individuals suffering with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Women with fibromyalgia may also have painful menstrual periods. Often fibromyalgia is associated with depression.

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, but it appears that problems with the nervous system are involved. It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects as many as 1 in 50 Americans. Most people with fibromyalgia are women, and most are diagnosed during middle age; however, men and children can also suffer from the disorder.

To obtain relief from the pain and the fatigue associated with the disease, you need to find a legitimate expert in its diagnosis and treatment.

“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia by my neurologist several years ago, but I had a bad reaction to the drugs he prescribed. Thanks to the Kaplan Center, I’ve been able to find alternative ways to control my symptoms. Some of the most helpful are acupuncture, meditation, herbal supplements, dietary changes, and lymph drainage therapy.” — L.G., Patient

One of the difficulties in diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia is that it shares symptoms with many other illnesses. In addition to biotoxicity disorders, patients suffering from serious hormone imbalances, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, musculoskeletal injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and nutritional deficiencies also can experience the generalized pain and fatigue associated with FM. Furthermore, although fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system, it often coexists with pain that is muscular in origin, and that component of your pain can be cured, or greatly alleviated, with appropriate treatment.

The bottom line is that your doctor must be able to distinguish fibromyalgia from any co-existing problems that could be creating symptoms, which, though similar to those of FM, require their own, targeted treatment.

At the Kaplan Center, our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We are here for you, and we want to help.

Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment please call: 703-532-4892

 


Additional Resources:

Consumer Guide: 18 Things You Should Know Before Selecting a Doctor to Treat Your Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Website: NIH’s National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine on Fibromyalgia
Website: National Fibromyalgia Association
Support Group: Northern Virginia Support Group