Fibromyalgia

There are about 3 million new fibromyalgia cases each year in the United States, making it one of the most frequently occurring pain conditions today. If you have fibromyalgia, the constant pain and related symptoms could make you feel frustrated, angry, and even hopeless.

At Inner Alchemy Acupuncture in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Jessica Baron, DAOM, AP, will work with you to help you manage your symptoms and restore your sense of hope and wellbeing. Call the office or book your initial consultation online today.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes severe pain all over your body. Although it can affect men, it’s far more common in women and usually begins between the ages of 20-50. Current research suggests that fibromyalgia is connected to pain signal processing in the brain.

Fibromyalgia symptoms may have a distinct triggering event, such as an infection, physical trauma, or severe psychological stress. Your symptoms may also be tied to genetics. In many cases, multiple factors contribute to the development of fibromyalgia.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Widespread pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, but you may also have many other frustrating problems, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Trouble thinking clearly, sometimes called “fibro fog”
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Trying to cope with the pain, along with other symptoms, can make you feel even worse. That’s why diagnosis and treatment are so important for relief.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia diagnosis is involved, but the main things necessary for a fibromyalgia diagnosis are:

  • Widespread pain that continues for a minimum of three months
  • Other concurrent symptoms like fatigue, depression, or brain function issues
  • Absence of another medical condition that could cause your symptoms

While there’s no specific test to confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Baron can help verify your symptoms holistically and devise a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

The foundations of pain sensation are the pain receptors at the ends of your nerves. These pain receptors, or nociceptors, send electrical signals from parts of your body to your brain when an injury occurs. In patients with fibromyalgia, the transmission of pain signals occurs more readily.

Dr. Baron approaches fibromyalgia treatment with acupuncture to address the root causes of your symptoms. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerve-rich areas of the skin. This produces cascading effects throughout the body, including improved blood flow, a reduction in inflammation, and the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins.

By activating your body’s self-healing ability, acupuncture can restore balance and reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

If you or a loved one struggles with the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia, set up an appointment with Dr. Baron at Inner Alchemy Acupuncture today. You can call the office or book online.

Notes

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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