Finding Relief: Understanding Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic and complex condition characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.
It affects millions of people worldwide, primarily women, though it can also occur in men and children.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia presents a wide range of symptoms, and they can vary in intensity from person to person. The most common symptoms include:
Widespread pain: Pain is the hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, and it typically affects multiple areas of the body, such as the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs.
Fatigue: Individuals with fibromyalgia often experience excessive tiredness and reduced energy levels, even after adequate rest.
Tender points: Specific areas on the body, known as tender points, become sensitive to touch and pressure, causing heightened discomfort.
Sleep disturbances: Sleep disorders like insomnia and restless legs syndrome are prevalent among fibromyalgia patients, leading to unrefreshing sleep.
Cognitive difficulties: Often referred to as "fibro fog," individuals may experience memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and mental clarity issues.
Causes and Risk Factors
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Potential risk factors include:
Family history: Individuals with family members affected by fibromyalgia may have a higher risk of developing the condition.
Physical trauma: Certain physical injuries or trauma may trigger the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Infections: Some infections have been linked to the development of fibromyalgia in some cases.
Stress and emotional factors: High levels of stress and emotional trauma might contribute to the exacerbation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Types Of Treatment
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger Point Injections are a minimally invasive and highly effective treatment option for releasing muscle knots and relieving associated pain. The procedure involves the precise insertion of a needle directly into the trigger point, delivering a combination of medication, such as an anesthetic or corticosteroid, and/or natural substances like saline or homeopathic solutions. The medication works to relax the tense muscle fibers and reduce inflammation, providing immediate relief from pain and promoting the healing of the affected area. Additionally, the injection helps improve blood flow to the trigger point, aiding in the removal of toxins and metabolic byproducts that contribute to muscle tightness.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy is a groundbreaking regenerative treatment that utilizes the healing properties of your blood platelets to accelerate tissue repair. We draw a small sample of your blood, concentrate the platelets, and inject the PRP directly into the affected joint. This process promotes cell regeneration, reduces inflammation, and improves joint function.
We believe that a holistic approach to joint pain management is essential for lasting results. Our team will provide you with guidance on lifestyle modifications, exercise routines, and nutritional support to optimize your joint health and overall well-being.
Complementing our regenerative treatments, we offer personalized physical therapy programs to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint, improve flexibility, and enhance overall joint stability. Physical therapy plays a vital role in the long-term success of joint pain management.
is another advanced regenerative approach that harnesses the power of your body's own ability to promote healing.
For Almost 40 Years
Dr. Stauss has been the best. He always makes me feel like a person and not a patient. He knows what he is doing and is always willing to listen to issues and answer questions I have. I have seen many doctors for my pain and none of them have been as helpful as him and his staff.
Dr. Stauss is kind, compassionate, and truly cares about his patients. I have been a patient for a while, and he does everything he can to manage my pain and make sure I am comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Stauss and Advanced Pain Management.
Dr Stauss is the most compassionate doctor I have had in this 16 yr journey of chronic back pain . He takes the time to listen to you and helps you decide what treatment will help give you back your life with less pain. He is amazing. I have 75 % pain relief. I never thought I would have a life with minimal pain again.
The thought of never being able to work again let alone participate in physical activity was depressing. Dr. Stauss went over the available options and with his help I selected an intrathecal pain pump. I can tell you it changed my life. It enabled me to continue working and participate in some physical activities! I can't thank Dr. Stauss and his physician assistant P.A. Greg Cavanaugh enough. They have bought me 10 yrs. of relative normalcy. I would highly recommend both of them. Thank you to both and the team at Advanced Pain Management