Dr. Kaplan Answers Your Chronic Pain Questions

Dr. Gary Kaplan, pain expert and author of ‘Total Recovery,’ answers your fibromyalgia, muscle pain, and endometriosis questions.

Dr. Gary Kaplan, author of Total Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression, answered questions that Rodale News readers submitted through our Facebook page and by email. We hope this information from Dr. Kaplan gives you insight into the different origins of pain, and how to potentially solve nagging, chronic problems!
Fed Up With Fibromyalgia
Q: I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a neurologist. I also have chronic neck and back pain. Medication for fibromyalgia causes an unsafe increase in my blood pressure, but painkillers that dull the pain are addictive. I do massage and occasional chiropractic plus physical therapy for some relief, but pretty much have resigned myself to living with it.
Are there any new methods of treatment out there that are safe and alternative and don’t cost a small fortune? Any new research on fibromyalgia that is solid and stands a chance of being proven to disprove the doubters who say it is all in the head?
Dr. Kaplan: As a matter of fact, the evidence is that fibromyalgia is “all in your head”-in your brain to be precise. Fibromyalgia is a neurologic disease that I believe is more properly called central sensitization syndrome. Fibromyalgia is a symptom of an inflammatory condition in the brain.
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