Fibromyalgia and Its Causes: Special Attention to Severe Fibromyalgia
To Treat Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), First Understand It’s Cause: Increased Sensitization of the Central Nervous System’s Pain Signaling Pathways
- What Is Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Why We Suffer from Fibromyalgia Pain
- Dr. Podell, One of the Nation’s Leading Fibromyalgia Doctors
- Confirming a Severe Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
- The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR)
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What Is Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Why We Suffer from Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia causes sore and tender muscles. But it’s now clear that Fibromyalgia means much more than just pain. Persons with moderate or severe Fibromyalgia almost always suffer from additional symptoms—not only pain! For example: poor memory and concentration, chronic fatigue and poor sleep. Other frequent symptoms include headache, numbness, feeling light headed, irritable bowel, and irritable bladder. To optimize your health we have to address these “co-morbidities” also, along with your pain.
Fibromyalgia specialists report that most patients with severe FMS also qualify for the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Until recently many physicians believed that Fibromyalgia was a psychological diagnosis--as if FMS were a disguised form of mental distress. Today Fibromyalgia doctors agree that Fibromyalgia is both real and mainly physical. Psychological support helps, but physical measures are required to relieve pain and to treat the whole person.
A key mechanism of Fibromyalgia is “Central Sensitization”—an abnormal increase of pain sensitivity within the brain and spinal cord. Sophisticated research studies prove that when Fibromyalgia patients report feeling pain, the pain centers in their brain actually “light up”. This confirms that people with Fibromyalgia accurately report the pain that they feel.
Dr. Podell is Among the Nation’s Leading Fibromyalgia Doctors
Our New Jersey Fibromyalgia Clinic has helped more than 1,000 persons find relief for Fibromyalgia pain. Richard Podell, M.D. has lectured on Fibromyalgia to many medical and professional groups including the Association of Administrative Law Judges, who decide Fibromyalgia’s social security disability claims, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR). Dr. Podell has testified in court as a medical expert on Fibromyalgia. Since 2012 the federal government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recognized Dr. Podell as one of a select group of chronic fatigue syndrome specialists for an ongoing research project. Nearly all the research patients in this study are also treated for severe Fibromyalgia.
A clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association awarded Dr. Podell their annual Achievement Award. He has co-authored a textbook for physicians on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and has written extensively about both Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Our Fibromyalgia Treatment Philosophy: We seek to combine the best of standard medical therapies with alternative medicine and holistic support for the body’s natural healing systems. Fibromyalgia relief medicines can be valuable but the relief they provide is often only partial. To treat FMS best we must also provide holistic support. This includes improving sleep quality, better nutrition, biochemical metabolic support, carefully graded exercise and positive coping skills.
To Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain, First Confirm the Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia doctors have found that dozens of common ailments can mimic Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. So before focusing on relief for Fibromyalgia, we must first be sure:
- that we have the correct diagnosis and
- that we also identify and address co-existing complications.
This requires a very careful and detailed review of your history. That’s why we ask you to complete a comprehensive history questionnaire which we always review in preparing for your visit. That’s also why we typically spend at least 1.5 hours with you at your first visit. Our nurse educator may spend additional time to help you with the practical points of our recommendations.
Help Your Doctor Document Your Illness: The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR)
Fibromyalgia specialists report that most patients with severe FMS also qualify for the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s difficult to explain all your symptoms and limitations within the limited time of most medical visits. This is especially so if your Fibromyalgia is severe. The FIQR can help your physicians better understand both you and your illness. You can complete the FIQR in less than 5 minutes. Consider giving your doctor an updated copy of your FIQR before each and every visit. The FIQR also helps you keep track of your Fibromyalgia pain relief and treatments.
Review and download the FIQR or read more on the benefits of using this simple questionnaire.
Contact us to get your Fibromyalgia diagnosis today.