Living With Fibromyalgia

Getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can feel like a life sentence. This complex chronic pain disorder affects women more than men, and typically presents with widespread body pain, aches, and fatigue. You may also suffer from psychological or sleep symptoms.

While a fibromyalgia diagnosis might feel like a lot to bear, once you’ve identified your chronic pain condition, you can get started on a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. 

Our expert care team at Performance Pain & Sports Medicine, led by Suzanne Manzi, MD, Matthias Wiederholz, MD, and Mahmud Ibrahim, MD, treats new and existing patients living with fibromyalgia. With professional support and the right plan, you can take back your life from your fibromyalgia flare ups.

When to stay active, when to rest

The chronic energy drain of fibromyalgia can complicate your plans to stay personally, professionally, and socially active. You might find yourself constantly postponing plans, or even struggling to get out of bed in the morning due to your chronic fatigue.

Start by having compassion for your own needs and wellness. It might be necessary to make adjustments in order to avoid overstressing your system. If you need rest, make sure you get it. Fibromyalgia can take a lot out of you, and it’s important that you protect your health.

On the other hand, some types of activity may actually be beneficial for your fibromyalgia. If you can maintain an active connection to social support networks, your psychological state and even your physical condition may improve.

Losing touch with sources of support can leave you increasingly vulnerable to dysfunction as a result of your chronic condition. Additionally, gentle, regular exercise like walking or yoga may actually be able to reduce the frequency and lessen the intensity of your fibromyalgia symptoms.

Lifestyle changes to explore

You don’t have to struggle with fibromyalgia on your own. The helpful and knowledgeable care team at Performance Pain & Sports Medicine provides ongoing support that can make the difference when it comes to managing your fibromyalgia.

We work with you to develop your customized chronic condition treatment plan. Due to the complexity of many fibromyalgia symptoms, it may take some time to work out the best combination of treatments and therapies to support you. We can help you balance activity and rest to find the right rhythm for your life.

You could also benefit from lifestyle changes to better support your system as you cope with your fibromyalgia. From giving up smoking to dietary adjustments, Performance Pain & Sports Medicine can advise you on the best options to try.

Professional support and treatment options

Our team sometimes recommends physical therapy or injectable treatments to help you deal with pain symptoms. Trigger point injections can relieve painful pressure points around your body.

Other treatment and therapeutic options may also benefit you and lessen your fibromyalgia symptoms. We use complementary approaches and regenerative medicine techniques to support your whole-body health and mental wellness after your fibromyalgia diagnosis.

To learn more about your options for living a full life despite your fibromyalgia, get in touch with the experts at Performance Pain & Sports Medicine. We have six facilities that support patients in three states. You can book your initial consultation at the location most convenient for you by calling our office or requesting an appointment online today.

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