Fibromyalgia

Treat fibromyalgia naturally

fibromyalgia SOMA Pain Management ChicagoIf you have experienced 3 months or more of widespread pain from tender points all over your body, you may have fibromyalgia. This condition is linked to chronic fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in feet and hands, and depression and anxiety. Fibromyalgia is most common among women 20—50 years old. At SOMA, we incorporate acupuncture, massage and physical therapy and suggest lifestyle changes to help lessen your symptoms.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is defined as long term, body wide pain radiating from tender points in tissues, muscles and tendons. It is linked to chronic fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in feet and hands, depression and anxiety. If you have experienced 3 months of widespread pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points in muscles and fibrous tissues, you may have Fibromyalgia. These tender points are located in the: arms, chest, knees, buttocks, neck, lower back, ribcage, shoulder and thighs. Since many serious diseases have symptoms similar to those of Fibromyalgia, it is recommended that you visit your doctor and undergo testing to rule them out.

Who gets Fibromyalgia?

It is most common in women age 20—50 years old, but men and women of all ages get it. The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, although there is a lot of speculation. Suggested causes of the disorder are: physical or emotional trauma, sleep disturbances, virus, and hereditary predisposition.

How to treat Fibromyalgia naturally

Although there are some pharmaceuticals available to treat the pain associated with Fibromyalgia, you can help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia by incorporating the following into your lifestyle. Tips include:

  • Gentle stretching and aerobic exercise, beginning with walking and swimming
  • Light massage
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture, found by the Mayo Clinic to improve fatigue and lower anxiety levels for up to one month after treatment
  • Relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety levels and improve coping skills
  • Well balanced diet, avoiding caffeine and high sodium foods

Questions? Contact Dr. Mark Sobor at drsobor@somamedchicago.com.