Fibromyalgia

Can you imagine having aches and pains from head to toe with no discernable cause and no cure? As many as one in 20 Australians suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons all over the body.

Fibromyalgia is a controversial condition. Up until five years ago, it was not widely acknowledged as a physical condition, but rather viewed as a psychosomatic disorder (a manifestation of emotional distress. We understand the nuances of the pain system better, we know that people with fibromyalgia process pain in an abnormal way.

While the incidence of fibromyalgia is not necessarily rising but still remains an under-recognised condition which can delay diagnosis.

Main Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • Pain all over
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Brain fog
  • Morning stiffness
  • Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Balance problems
  • Itchy/burning skin

    Diagnosis

    If you hurt all over and feel worn out, you may have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Both are serious chronic illnesses that have specific criteria for diagnosis, but may be overlooked because blood tests are typically normal. Also, the distinction between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is rather fuzzy, with up to 70 percent of patients meeting the diagnosis for both.1

    Benefits

    • Fibromyalgia Tender Points
    • Routine lab tests do not detect the widespread pain of fibromyalgia. Instead, the diagnosis is made by a physical exam of pressure points that takes about five minutes.

      Treatment strategies

      Largely an integrative approach using a combination of:-

      Medication for symptom relief such as pain management and antidepressants.

      Non drug therapies such as acupuncture, massage, nutritional approach, intravenous nutrient therapy,and herbs, Taking care of gut health, and

      Self help tools such as breathwork and meditation,and Self help strategies through coaching and effective counselling, to change and alter driving behavioural patterns