Fibromyalgia

East Shore Healthcare has the experience to properly identify, diagnose, and treat fibromyalgia. Call our Harrisburg office today at 717-652-5550 or book an appointment online to schedule a free consultation with our specialists.
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Fibromyalgia is not a disease - it's a syndrome. This means it's made up of a collection of symptoms that occur together. The symptoms are unfortunately what make fibromyalgia so hard to identify, as they're often things you may feel in your daily life. 

Fortunately, physical therapists can overcome this issue by designing a treatment program and address your needs and questions. East Shore Healthcare has the experience to properly identify, diagnose, and treat fibromyalgia. Call our Harrisburg office today at 717-652-5550 or book an appointment online to schedule a free consultation with a fibromyalgia specialist.

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FAQs on Fibromyalgia:

What is the Cause of Fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you are two to five times more likely to develop fibromyalgia.2 Fibromyalgia is also often thought of as a women's condition because women make up about 90 percent of the cases. People with lack of sleep, stress, bad eating habits, and not drinking enough water were found to have strong connection to develop this problem.

 

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Symptoms frequently include: 

However, pain all throughout your body is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It's described as a constant dull ache that occurs on both sides of your body, above and below your waist. Patients often experience lower pain tolerance because their brain will have heightened sensitivity to pain signals, which are further intensified by humidity and cold weather. 

If you have fibromyalgia, you may notice you're not thinking as clearly or quickly as you once did. This symptom is called "fibro-fog" as it can impair your ability to learn new things, remember information, concentrate, and may even show itself through slow or confused speech. If you have fibromyalgia, you may constantly be pulled from deep sleep by bursts of awake-like brain activity. This constant wake to sleep cycle limits the amount of time you actually spend in that much-needed state of deep. Further, you are more likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Which Part of the Body Hurts As a Result of Fibromyalgia?

In addition to dull, widespread pain, you may also suffer from extremely sensitive and tender areas throughout the body, which are called trigger points. These trigger points include the back of the head, tops of the shoulders, hips, knees, upper chest, and outer elbows. Even lightly pressing on these areas may cause pain. 

 

Can Fibromyalgia be Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure. Currently treatment is aimed at reducing the pain and other symptoms. You are encouraged to follow self-care strategies and attend physical therapy programs. Our goal is for you to cope with the symptoms, which requires permanent lifestyle changes. Trigger point injections, joint manipulation, and myofascial release techniques (using physical therapy to relax the muscle) are among the more commonly used treatment. We make sure that you have planned activity of self-management and exercise therapy based on your physical and mental limitations.

For more information on Fibromyalgia and how we can help you in managing the pain, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

 

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