Fibromyalgia is a medical syndrome that’s still largely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Many men and women who turn to Health Atlast for treatment have seen several doctors in a search of relief from widespread pain but have had little success. At their five convenient offices, in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, and Fountain Valley, California, Health Atlast offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating fibromyalgia. To learn more, book an appointment today, online or by phone.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain. Researchers are still examining the causes of fibromyalgia but believe the condition arises when there’s a problem in the communication between your peripheral nerves — the nerves that run throughout your body — and your central nervous system, consisting of your spinal cord and brain.
Each individual has a unique experience of fibromyalgia, so your symptoms can differ from those of a friend or loved one who also has the disorder. The hallmark symptom is widespread pain and many men and women with fibromyalgia report feeling as though they’re aching all over.
Additional symptoms can include:
Because these symptoms are so diverse and affect so many different parts of your body, diagnosing fibromyalgia can be challenging. Many men and women go without a proper diagnosis for years.
One of the most dangerous things about fibromyalgia is the effect that the condition has on the quality of your daily life. When you hurt from head to toe, the last thing you want to do is head out for a walk, spend time with friends, or do anything you believe might aggravate the pain.
That can quickly lead to widespread negative health issues, which in turn bring on a new set of symptoms. The right treatment can break that cycle and help you live an active and pain-free life.
While the exact causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown, the medical community agrees that a multidisciplinary approach to treating it offers the best path to symptom relief. Your treatment plan is devised according to your specific needs and symptoms.
Improving your diet can be part of the process. Nutritional counseling can help you understand how to add healthier foods to your daily diet, giving your body the fuel it needs to heal and thrive.
A personalized exercise and stretching plan can also do wonders to reduce fibromyalgia pain. While your initial response to pain might be to rest and avoid physical activity, exercises that include yoga and Pilates can help relieve muscle pain and increase your overall strength.
If you’d like to explore the full range of treatments available through Health Atlast, schedule a consultation using the simple online booking tool or call the office to check availability.