Restoration of Greensboro

Pain Management Physicians located in Greensboro, NC

Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people in the United States, but this number may provide little comfort if you’re struggling to find a solution for your widespread pain. At Restoration of Greensboro, Dr. Charles Plummer specializes in pain management, making him uniquely qualified to help you find the best treatments for this chronic and systemic disease. If you’re in Greensboro, North Carolina, and you want to explore your fibromyalgia treatment options, call or fill out the form online to schedule a consultation.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a particularly frustrating condition to deal with since so little is known about the disease. What is known is that fibromyalgia causes indiscriminate musculoskeletal pain, and it’s far more prevalent in women than in men (an eight to two ratio).

Researchers believe that the condition is caused by a malfunction in your brain’s ability to process pain signals, often amplifying them. Fibromyalgia is often triggered by a physical injury or infection, and sometimes by psychological stress. Yet, it can also come on gradually with no trigger at all.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

When it comes to fibromyalgia, it seems that no two people suffer the same symptoms in terms of variety, duration, and severity. That said, there are certain hallmarks of the condition, including:

  • Widespread pain
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Cognitive issues (familiarly known as “fibro fog”)
  • Headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

The repercussions of fibromyalgia can go deeper than physical problems, often leading to anxiety and depression.

In many patients, fibromyalgia symptoms can come and go, flaring up during stressful periods, which makes treating the condition a moving target. Still, a lot can be done to minimize these episodes.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Since there’s no known cause of fibromyalgia, there’s no cure for the disorder. Fibromyalgia treatment, therefore, is about managing symptoms and improving quality of life issues, which is where Dr. Plummer comes in.

Dr. Plummer takes a holistic approach to fibromyalgia to relieve your pain and discomfort, while also introducing lifestyle changes that can have a major impact on the severity and frequency with which fibromyalgia flare-ups occur.

For the pain, Dr. Plummer prescribes medications to help you find relief. He monitors your medication management closely, making any necessary tweaks along the way.

To curb the effects fibromyalgia have on your life and prevent flare-ups, Dr. Plummer recommends:

  • Yoga
  • Water exercises
  • Counseling
  • Support groups

By tackling your fibromyalgia from both a physical and mental angle, you can take back control of your life.

To stay one step ahead of your fibromyalgia, call Restoration of Greensboro, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.