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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) or Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. It is a chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder.

 

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is typically characterised by the following symptoms:

  • widespread aches and pains
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • muscle stiffness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • waking up feeling tired
  • problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) including difficulty concentrating
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating

Fibromyalgia Treatment at The Fibro Clinic

Living with Fibromyalgia can make even the most mundane of tasks feel overwhelming. Extreme fatigue and widespread pain undoubtedly takes a toll on your overall wellbeing and might even be straining your personal relationships with family and friends.

While there is no known cure for Fibromyalgia, there are options and tested measures which can be taken to help in reducing the negative effects of this debilitating condition.

 

Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Medical Treatments

Dr Chris Jenner has developed a variety of medical treatments with research spanning from around the world, combined with years of clinical experience. It is his belief that with the right combination of medication and complementary treatment — patients can see results that vastly improve their lives, and the symptoms of FMS can often be reduced dramatically.

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections have been used the world over for decades. Many patients who previously saw no relief with conservative therapies have shown great results with trigger point injections. Local treatment of the peripheral muscle/joint sources (trigger points) with a variety of topical and non-drug therapies can yield impressive results in achieving better control over widespread fibromyalgia symptoms. Additionally, our medicine-sensitive patients will be pleased to hear that there are few, if any, side-effects from these injections.

 

Trigger Point Injections for Fibromyalgia

Additional Treatments

As part of a holistic and fully multi-disciplinary program – our wider clinic team offers the latest in mind/body physical and psychological techniques including various types of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) and slow-frequency rTMS, where clinically indicated. We can also look at Yoga, Tai Chi, acupuncture and anything that is scientifically capable of helping our patients. If this sounds like an appealing approach please book a consultation with one of our Doctors today.

 

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