The Basics of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder that affects the musculoskeletal system. Unlike many conditions that affect a specific area or body part, fibromyalgia pain occurs throughout the body. This disorder is not yet well understood. Conventional treatment options may be marginally helpful, although there is a risk of side effects from drugs such as potent pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications. Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia may wish to consider talking to a holistic doctor in New York, NY, about natural ways of managing their symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms
For a patient to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a physician may first rule out other possible causes of his or her symptoms. The diagnosis may then be made if the patient reports widespread pain that persists for at least three

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months. Pain that is widespread occurs in all four quadrants of the body. Typically, fibromyalgia pain is described as a constant ache that may be felt deep within the muscles. In addition to fibromyalgia pain, some patients report persistent fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. Headaches, depression, cognitive impairment, painful menstruation, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet are other possible indicators of fibromyalgia.

Risk Factors and Triggers
The causes of fibromyalgia are not yet known. However, researchers do know that certain people may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia: these include people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome. Although fibromyalgia can develop seemingly spontaneously, patients may identify a trigger event, after which they noticed symptoms. Trigger events may include periods of significant emotional or physical stress, repetitive injuries, and serious illnesses.

Treatments and Lifestyle Modifications
Fibromyalgia does not yet have a cure. However, a holistic doctor can help patients learn how to make lifestyle adjustments, which can lessen symptoms. These lifestyle adjustments may include following a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, managing stress, and enjoying gentle exercise. Additionally, a naturopathic doctor can recommend medical therapies to rebalance the immune system and treat the inflammation of the muscles and nerves. Intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, hormone replacement, and immune boosting therapies may help control symptoms.

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