What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex and disabling, chronic (long-term) condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, and stiffness in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as multiple tender points (places on the body where slight pressure causes pain).

Fibromyalgia syndrome

What causes it? Causes remain unknown but it is currently thought that a nervous system malfunction is the cause of the increased pain. Many patients with fibromyalgia may also have a lower pain threshold because of the increased sensitivity to pain. Changes in muscle metabolism may also lead to the development of fibromyalgia.

What are my treatment options? There is no cure for fibromyalgia although some treatments are effective in reducing symptoms, such as medications, patient education and exercise. It is important to find a doctor who has experience successfully treating fibromyalgia before beginning treatment.

Conventional approaches
Most frequently patients will be prescribed medications to treat symptoms of fibromyalgia which include pain, sleep disorders, and depression.

Generally, patients are started on antidepressant medications and/or the muscle relaxants and simple analgesics for the management of pain. Sedation is a common adverse effect with both of these medications which can make symptoms of fatigue worse.

Natural alternative or complimentary options
It is well known that a supportive approach taken by the primary care physician with complimentary care recommendations is invaluable in achieving a good outcome.

Natural treatments used to effectively treat fibromyalgia are prescribed on an individual basis however these are some of the more common: 
Cardiovascular fitness training, strength training, and other lifestyle measures, cognitive behavioural therapy; for pain relief, Massage therapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathic medicine and Trigger Point Injections using natural homeopathics can all be effective.

To help with the digestive upset that is often present with fibromyalgia sufferers, naturopathy and holistic nutrition can help to identify food sensitivities and a nutritional plan that is best suited the patients needs. Fatigue is often due to impaired muscle metabolism, however it can also result from decreased nutrient absorption from the diet. While improving the health of your digestive system, IV nutrient therapy using a Myer's Cocktail is often very beneficial in increasing energy, motivation and providing an improved overall sense of well being.  Dr. Slipacoff, ND has specialty certification in injection therapy and IV nutrient therapy.

If you have are looking for effective methods to treat fibromyalgia and live in or near Vaughan, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located in Kleinburg (Vaughan), Ontario, right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.


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