Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. Furthermore, it may cause joint stiffness, cognitive symptoms, unrefreshed sleep, and other somatic symptoms. While no cure for fibromyalgia exists at the moment, there are several treatments that can improve the life of someone who has been diagnosed with this disease. Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, affecting approxmately 10 million people in the United States. While 75-90% of fibromyalgia patients are women, it may also occur in men and children of all ethnic groups. In 2010, the American College of Rheumatology revised their previous diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia so that it does not require a physical of tender point examination


Treatments may include the following: pain relievers (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen), antidepressants (such as duloxetine and milnacipran; these medications have been shown to be effective in easing the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia), and/or anti-seizure drugs (such as gabapentin and pregabalin) (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780). In addition to the pharmaceutical treatments listed above, there are various therapies (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or counseling) that may help mitigate the negative effects of fibromyalgia (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780). In addition to the noted interventions, Alpine Health & Wellness facilitates lifestyle changes and complementary therapies.