Fibromyalgia

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What is fibromyalgia?

Causing widespread pain to an estimated 4 million people in the United States, fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that amplifies the way the brain processes pain, often leaving the body’s pain receptors in hyperdrive.

A recent CDC report states that this health condition affects about 4 million adults in the U.S.

The condition causes widespread pain—and in turn fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression—and typically begins following some type of severe physical trauma, such as an accident, surgery, or massive psychological stress.

Fibromyalgia patients complain of a myriad of symptoms associated with pain throughout the entire body.

6 Facts about Fibromyalgia Pain

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  1. Fibromyalgia Pain affects 2 to 4% of the population, with women being more affected than males. Learn More
  2. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not definitively proven to be autoimmune or inflammatory diseases, but evidence indicates that the neurological system is implicated. Learn More
  3. Doctors now diagnose fibromyalgia based on your fibromyalgia symptoms and by ruling out other possible medical issues. Learn More
  4. Patients may also feel better if they exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Learn More 
  5. There is no single test available to identify fibromyalgia, although lab testing or X-rays may be required to rule out other health issues. Learn More
  6. Although there is no cure, new research supports alternative treatments for fibromyalgia pain that demonstrate clinical proof to help many patients manage their fibromyalgia symptoms without drugs or surgery. Learn More

Fibromyalgia (fi·bro·my·al·gi·a) is a condition that causes pain all over the body (also referred to as widespread pain), sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain than people without fibromyalgia. This is called abnormal pain perception processing. Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, about 2% of the adult population. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but it can be effectively treated and managed.

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What is the new name for fibromyalgia?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities. At times, ME/CFS may confine them to bed. People with ME/CFS have severe fatigue and sleep problems. ME/CFS may get worse after people with the illness try to do as much as they want or need to do. This symptom is called post-exertional malaise (PEM). Other symptoms can include problems with thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness.

According to an Institute of Medicine, an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from ME/CFS. However, most of them have not been diagnosed.

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Another differential diagnosis comparable to Fibromyalgia Pain is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition that usually affects one arm or leg but can sometimes affect other regions of the body. CRPS is a type of neuropathic pain caused by a malfunction in the nerve system, which can occur after surgery, a fracture, a sprain, or another injury.

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What are the first fibromyalgia symptoms?

People living with fibromyalgia symptoms may experience a myriad of fibromyalgia pain over diffuse areas that can be chronic, acute, sharp, dull, and severe in quality. The most common first fibromyalgia symptoms include:

Muscular:

Muscle tenderness, delayed onset muscle soreness, or muscle spasms

Gastrointestinal:

constipation, nausea, or passing excessive amounts of gas

Mood: anxiety, mood swings, or nervousness

Cognitive:

Difficulty concentrating on daily tasks

Fingers & Toes:

Sensation of tingling, numbness, and coldness in the extremities

Sensory:

Pins and needles or sensitivity to pain

Sleep:

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to fibromyalgia pain.

Other Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms:

Depression, flare, headache, irritability, joint stiffness, painful menstruation, and sensitivity to cold

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What causes fibromyalgia?

One of the most vexing things about fibromyalgia is that the pain it causes has no apparent cause. Yet, some patients say that they do experience some identifiable pain triggers. First, changing weather conditions (e.g., rising pressure, falling pressure, and changes in humidity) can make the pain more intense or “wake the pain up” after a latent period. Others experience a sharp increase in their fibromyalgia pain if they are dealing with professionally or emotionally stressful situations, suggesting that the pain may have a strong psychological component.

Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disease?

Some believe fibromyalgia could be classified as an autoimmune disease because many of the symptoms overlap with those of autoimmune disorders. But without sufficient evidence showing that fibromyalgia produces antibodies or causes harm to surrounding tissues, it’s difficult to prove these claims are experienced homogeneously by all people living with fibromyalgia pain. (Healthline)

Although numerous studies have shown that fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease (conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, whereby the body attacks healthy tissues), reliable research concurs that this condition does weaken your immune system by causing various abnormalities and irregularities. 

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Who Is Most At Risk of Fibromyalgia?

While the exact cause of the condition is not clearly known, some of the risk factors of this disorder include the following:

Age: This is a health condition that can affect people of all age groups- from children to the elderly. However, it is mostly diagnosed in middle-aged adults, and the risk increases as you get older.

Pre-existing conditions: If you have Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis, you are more likely to develop Fibromyalgia.

Sex: Various studies have shown that this chronic pain disorder is more prevalent in women. In fact, great research suggests that around 90% of those diagnosed with the condition are usually women.

Experts also insist that various symptoms of this condition, such as lack of sleep, fatigue, and loss of appetite, may weaken your immune system’s ability to defend your body and keep you healthy.

In the same token, fibromyalgia usually leads to the decrease of a hormone known as cortisol, which in turn results in the increase of estrogen levels in the body. Consequently, the amount of progestin in the body decreases. According to researchers, this fluctuation of hormone levels in the body tends to weaken our immune system.

What happens if fibromyalgia is left untreated?

Fibromyalgia can cause pain, disability, and a lower quality of life that only gets worse without proper management.

Las Vegas adults with fibromyalgia may have complications such as:

More Hospitalizations

If you have fibromyalgia you are twice as likely to be hospitalized as someone without fibromyalgia.

Lower Quality of Life

Women with fibromyalgia may experience a lower quality of life.

Major Depression

Adults with fibromyalgia are more than 3 times more likely to have major depression than adults without fibromyalgia. Screening and treatment for depression are extremely important.

High Rates Of Suicide

Death rates from suicide and injuries are higher among fibromyalgia patients, but overall mortality among adults with fibromyalgia is similar to the general population.

Rheumatic Complications

Fibromyalgia often co-occurs with other types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis.

(Source: CDC )

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Blood tests are usually ordered to rule out conditions with similar symptoms. Other tests will depend on the symptoms described, but may include X-rays or an electromyography (EMG), to evaluate muscles’ electrical activity.

Mainline Treatments for Fibromyalgia Pain

The treatment of fibromyalgia varies considerably from patient to patient dependent on individual symptoms. No single treatment works for the condition and most sufferers find themselves handling a range of medication and treatments. Medication is most commonly teamed with lifestyle changes to help alleviate the worst symptoms.

Medication for Fibromyalgia

Many fibromyalgia sufferers take a range of different medications, which are looked at in more depth below. All medication should be prescribed by your doctor. You should not be tempted to self-prescribe medications as this could lead to serious health problems.

Painkillers –

Simple painkillers such as paracetamol can be effective in relieving some degree of the pain of fibromyalgia. This is not the case for everyone and therefore a fibromyalgia pain doctor may prescribe a stronger painkiller such as codeine or tramadol but intake of these painkillers is often closely monitored due to risk of addiction

Antidepressants –

Antidepressant medication is often used to help relieve pain as they boost the levels of chemicals that carry messages to and from the brain. Low levels of these chemicals are known to be a potential factor in the cause of fibromyalgia so combatting it can make a huge difference to the widespread pain associated with the syndrome. There are different types of antidepressant medication and most fibromyalgia pain doctors will offer a choice of three main types: tricycle antidepressants, SNRIs or SSRIs to fibromyalgia sufferers

Sleeping Medication –

Sleep problems are commonly associated with fibromyalgia and can exacerbate the condition. Some GPs will prescribe medication to help with sleep but they may prefer to offer advice and tips for good sleeping techniques

Muscle Relaxants –

Many fibromyalgia sufferers live with muscle stiffness as well as pain and this can be eased with a muscle relaxant medication. Many muscle relaxants also have sedative qualities which can cancel out the need for the previous type of medication.

Some fibromyalgia pain doctors will also consider adding anticonvulsant or antipsychotic medication to prescriptions as they can help manage pain in different ways, and with the causes of fibromyalgia still a mystery, many patients will try a range of different treatments before finding the one that works for them.

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Alternative Therapies for Fibromyalgia In Las Vegas

When traditional prescribed medication from doctors fails to provide relief for fibromyalgia symptoms, the final firstline treatment options doctors prescribe is to see a therapist. Cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy have been known to help patients accept their debilitating condition and may lend additional coping skills or resources, such as Self-help groups and support communities. This presents a significant care gap that people living with fibromyalgia say feels like a complete failure of modern medicine to care for their fibromyalgia pain. As stated earlier, there is a significant risk of fibromyalgia progressively harming your quality of life unless you can find the right treatment for fibromyalgia.

From an alternative therapies perspective it is possible to use acupuncture, massage and reflexology in treating fibromyalgia although there is no evidence to suggest these therapies help in the long term. You should seek medical advice before taking part in any of these activities or therapies so as not to worsen any symptoms.

Many people living with fibromyalgia in the Valley are now discovering alternative therapy methods to help treat their fibromyalgia symptoms. Here are some of the most progressive treatment options we have found to benefit people with fibromyalgia symptoms.

▶ Nerve Stimulation Promotes Resolution of Inflammation

New study by the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates how electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve may promote healing in those with acute inflammation and fibromyalgia by shifting the balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory molecules.

(Neuroscience News)

▶ M-Wave Fibromyalgia Treatment

Recent human neuroimaging studies have suggested that fibromyalgia, a chronic widespread pain disorder, exhibits altered thalamic structure and function. study investigated the presence of abnormal brain rhythmicity in low- and high-frequency (spontaneous neuromagnetic activity) and their relationship to fibromyalgia pain and other general fibromyalgia symptoms.  (Source: Front. Hum. Neurosci., 14 March 2016 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00111 )

This result suggests that both neuropathic pain and low-frequency oscillations are translated by specific nerve cells that can be altered by our new M-Wave treatment. 

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▶ Shockwave Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Our most exciting discovery to date requires short, painless therapy sessions here at our Las Vegas office – Called Shockwave Therapy. Over the past year we have completed extensive research and independent clinical trials to refine our PRIMEWave therapy protocols using low-intensity shock waves to successfully treat multifocal and idiopathic painful skeletal muscle, tendons and fascia. Our investigations have therefore demonstrated that shockwave therapy could be useful in alleviating your fibromyalgia pain and fibromyalgia symptoms faster and safer than ever before without necessitating the lengthy trials of mainline fibromyalgia medicines or more invasive pain treatments.

Shockwave Therapy for Fibromyalgia References: 

Clinical Trial Review -General

Clinical Trial Review – FM with Back Pain

International Journal of Surgery Article

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Does Insurance Pay For Alternative Fibromyalgia Therapy at PrimeWave Health?

Insurances currently do not cover the cost of treatment with alternative or integrative therapy at PrimeWave Health, including MWave and Shockwave therapy for Fibromyalgia. 

Most commercial insurances and Medicare cover the cost of the initial visit and full evaluation for Fibromyalgia including blood tests and imaging through your primary care.

At PrimeWave Health we offer cost-effective fibromyalgia treatment with financing options and payment plans to make your fibromyalgia therapy affordable for all with or without insurance. We will work with you to find a custom treatment plan that will help you achieve your wellness goals and financial means.

We save you 50-70% on the cost of shockwave therapy per session compared to other providers such as Apex Medical and Gainswave.

Government Plans and Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid plans including Medicare Advantage plans do not cover the cost of alternative fibromyalgia therapy at PrimeWave Health, including shockwave therapy.  Other government insurance plans such as TRICARE do not cover treatment with shockwave therapy for fibromyalgia.

Commercial insurance plans do not cover the cost of treatment with shockwave therapy for fibromyalgia. No clinics that offer shockwave therapy for fibromyalgia including those that offer Gainswave therapy branded shockwave therapy, CoreWave branded shockwave therapy and StimWave,  are covered by health insurance plans.

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What is the best painkiller for fibromyalgia?

According to a recent survey by the CDC, approximately 50 million adult Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions.

The best painkiller for fibromyalgia is now available to treat your fibromyalgia symptoms in Las Vegas – called shockwave therapy.  This revolutionary Swiss treatment stops pain right at its source while restoring normal cellular function. Best of all, it’s a long term solution. Learn more about shockwave therapy by visiting our shockwave page.

From this discussion, it is quite apparent that Fibromyalgia is indeed a serious health condition. There’s currently no cure, but our precision pulse wave treatment options focus on providing you fast relief from fibromyalgia pain and long lasting management results to reduce symptoms or flare ups.

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