Fibromyalgia

Total Body Advanced Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Specialists & Integrative Medicine Clinic located in San Pedro, CA

If you’re tired all the time and feel achy all over your body, you may have a chronic condition called fibromyalgia. At Total Body Advanced Medicine in San Pedro, California, the expert team works to find the root cause of your suffering. They offer a wide array of treatment options to get you out of pain and help you feel yourself again. Call the office today to book an appointment or use the online scheduling option.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic rheumatic condition that’s characterized by pain all over your body and several other telltale symptoms, such as:

  • Joint tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Muscle twitch
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Brain fog
  • Digestive problems

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can come and go and be mild or severe. The condition affects as many as 12 million people in the US, and women make up the majority of those who suffer with it. 

Fibromyalgia drastically impacts your quality of life, but it is not life-threatening. 

What causes fibromyalgia?

Researchers believe fibromyalgia is due to defects in your body’s pain pathways, though the cause is not completely clear.

There’s some indication that the condition is genetic and is triggered when you get injured, ill, or have a chronic infection. Other evidence points to physical and emotional trauma as the cause.

What method diagnoses fibromyalgia?

Unfortunately, there’s not a specific lab test or X-ray that can diagnose fibromyalgia. However, certain criteria help guide your care team as they assess your condition to determine if fibromyalgia is the cause:

  • Pain throughout your body that lasts three months or longer
  • Pain in at least 11 of 18 specific tender places on your body

What does treatment for fibromyalgia start with?

Treatment at Total Body Advanced Medicine begins with a comprehensive physical examination. Your pain specialist asks you questions to understand how the condition is impacting your daily activities and to get a feel for your health history. 

The team believes in holistic health care and natural therapies to alleviate your pain and optimize your overall well-being. 

With this in mind, they design a custom plan for you that addresses your unique needs and treats your whole person, not just your symptoms. Your treatment may include one or several of the following:

  • Customized exercise recommendations, such as walking, yoga, or swimming
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Stress reduction therapy
  • Tailored diet
  • Meditation
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Physical therapy

The team at Total Body Advanced Medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to pain management and works with you throughout the course of your treatment to find the approaches that most benefit you. 

Don’t suffer in silence. The dedicated team at Total Body Advanced Medicine works with you one-on-one to relieve your fibromyalgia symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call the office today to book your personal consultation or use the online scheduling system.