Fibromyalgia Specialist

Modern Concepts

Physical Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Mill, SC

Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million Americans. It can cause pain, fatigue, and affect your overall quality of life. Modern Concepts in Fort Mill, South Carolina, provides effective treatment for fibromyalgia. The team specializes in advanced integrative medicine that can relieve your symptoms, improve your energy, and help you enjoy life again. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in your joints and all over your body, sleep problems, fatigue, and emotional and mental distress. If you have fibromyalgia, your brain perceives pain abnormally, meaning you may find some sensations — such as a light touch against your skin — more painful than someone without fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness throughout your body
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, and remembering things
  • Headaches, including migraines

Some less common symptoms include tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, pain in the face and jaw — including temporomandibular joint dysfunction — and digestive problems. Fibromyalgia can prevent you from working, sleeping restfully, and completing your normal daily activities.

What causes fibromyalgia?

While there is no known cause of fibromyalgia, researchers have identified specific risk factors, including:

  • Being middle-aged and older
  • Having lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Being female
  • A history of stressful or traumatic events
  • Repetitive injuries
  • Illness
  • Obesity

There is also a family history component that may increase your risk if a close family member has fibromyalgia.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia is considered a diagnosis of exclusion. This means your doctor may order blood testing or X-rays to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. If no other cause can be found, your doctor may diagnose you with fibromyalgia.

How is fibromyalgia managed?

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, it can be effectively managed at Modern Concepts with treatment to reduce your pain, increase your energy, and support your overall well-being. Common management strategies incorporate:

Nutritional counseling

Following an anti-inflammatory diet or removing allergenic foods can relieve your pain and stiffness and improve your digestion. Your doctor will work with you to develop a nutritional strategy that is practical and effective based on your food preferences and symptoms.

Physical rehab

Physical rehab can help improve your flexibility, reduce your pain, and increase your energy. Your doctor will develop a plan with you that can be completed in the office, at home, or at your gym.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy involves applying specific amounts of pressure by hand to areas of muscle tension and tenderness. This helps improve blood flow to the area to heal injured tissues and flush out inflammatory chemicals that cause pain.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine can help your joints heal to improve your comfort and range of motion.

Fibromyalgia treatment at Modern Concepts can help you regain your quality of life. Book an appointment online or over the phone today to get started.