FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a recognized disorder known to cause pain in the joints and muscles, often accompanied with fatigue and concentration issues. Sufferers often find it difficult to perform even the easiest of daily tasks based on the inability to mentally focus coupled with the chronic pain. According to some estimates, nearly 3% of the world’s population sufferers from this disorder with approximately 85% of those affected being women.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Certain symptoms of fibromyalgia have been mistakenly diagnosed as arthritis. Several unique symptoms, however, when apparent with other unique symptoms help lead to a proper diagnosis.

Sleep Disturbances

Also associated with arthritis, restful sleep is often hard to achieve due to the frequent pain of the joints and muscles.

Fatigue

Related to unrestful sleeping patterns, sufferers are frequently plagued by fatigue, making mental tasks and even rudimentary physical actions difficult.

Limited Range of Motion

Certain movements requiring a specific range of motion often result in terrible pain, similar to those suffering with arthritis.

Numbness or Tingling

Often, both fibromyalgia patients as well as arthritis sufferers comment on the feeling of extremities going numb, similar to when a foot or hand “falls asleep.”

Headaches

Although headaches can be caused by a variety of issues, fibromyalgia sufferers have been known to experience headaches related solely to other symptoms of the disorder.

Swelling

Joints and limbs will commonly become swollen.

Memory Loss

Frequent brain fog, trouble with concentration, is a common symptom related to fibromyalgia.

Muscle Spasms

Twitches such as involuntary muscle spasms.

Jaw Tenderness

Painful jaws, similar to the discomfort associated with toothaches, becomes more noticeable.

Increased Urination

Frequent urination when found in tandem with other symptoms often is able to properly diagnose fibromyalgia.

Nausea

Alongside other common symptoms, nausea can be experienced, lending to an accurate diagnosis.

Extreme Sensitivity to Light

Some sufferers have described a sudden sensitivity to light that otherwise did not prove to be distracting.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Although not necessarily a symptom of the disorder, when IBS is present alongside a number of other symptoms, fibromyalgia could be the underlying cause.

Treatments For Fibromyalgia

Upon completion of a thorough evaluation, a customized treatment program will be created in order to address your specific symptoms. Often, more than one method of treatment will be utilized in order to achieve the best results. Some of our common Fibromyalgia treatments include:

Inferential Electro-Therapy

Utilizing low simulated frequencies, the soft tissue of the body is treated, helping alleviate spasms and pain related to fibromyalgia.

Spinal Decompression

Proper decompression and adjustment of the spine has been a common treatment to help alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Ultrasound

Small vibrating sound waves are utilized to massage soft tissue and muscle, helping to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This therapy has helped reduce the pain associated with fibromyalgia for several patients.

Cold Laser Therapy

This cold laser technology incorporates a light-emitting device used to relieve inflammatory pain associated with muscles, joints and tendons. If you have specific questions about fibromyalgia that aren’t answered here and you would like to learn more about how our team of healthcare providers can help you with your fibromyalgia pain, call us today at 412-279-4522.

I have had fibromyalgia for about 3 years. My symptoms were pain just about all over. I would get muscle spasms in the upper arms and in my hip and thigh area. At times my hands would swell so bad that I could not wear my good wedding rings or a watch for over a year. In the winter, I would have my husband drive me to work. It affected our lives in many ways, I would hurt really bad so I could not go out to a lot of places with my husband that we use to go to. I would miss at least a day or two of work a week. After starting treatment at Scott Medical Health Center with Dr. Savko, I have had great improvement in the level of pain I now have. I don’t miss as much work as I did and my boss and friend at work have even commented on how much better I am doing. I would recommend Scott Medical Health Center to anyone that has some kind of disability that stops you from everyday tasks that we do. – Donna C.
I felt like Scott Medical was my last hope. My fibromyalgia pain and especially my fatigue had worsened to the degree where I was too tired to do or enjoy much of anything. Gradually, as I went through the program my fatigue lessened; I could exercise my arms and legs without pay back pain afterwards. I looked forward to the massages (oh, heaven!) and my other treatments. Since I am on Medicare and have had fibro most of my adult life, it was a miracle for me to find a worthwhile plan for recovery. I am looking forward to a trip in November which I could never ever consider in the spring of this year. I would recommend Scott Medical to my friends and anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia. My rheumatologist and other chiropractors did not help me. The staff is super nice and caring, especially Linda K.; Massages by Robin were awesome. All of the staff are very knowledgeable about fibromyalgia. – Virginia W.