Fibromyalgia is a common cause of chronic, full-body pain that affects 2-3 percent of Americans. To get a personalized treatment plan for relief, visit Brandon Nutt, DC, and Matt Rayner, DC, at The Wellness Institute of Dallas. Specializing in functional medicine and functional neurology for men and women in Dallas, Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner can help you feel your best through natural methods. Learn more about the available treatment options by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition that causes pain throughout the body. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
Fibromyalgia is a neurological condition in which you become sensitive to stimuli that normally doesn’t cause pain. Your pain may come and go or it may flare-up during times of stress or illness.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Current research suggests that fibromyalgia is linked to abnormalities in the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. You may have a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia if you’ve experienced any of the following problems:
Fibromyalgia affects two times as many women as men, though men can develop it as well.
To diagnose fibromyalgia, Dr. Nutt or Dr. Rayner begins with a thorough consultation and exam. They ask about your symptoms and medical history, including a family history of fibromyalgia or other conditions that cause chronic pain. Next, they conduct a physical exam and orthopedic tests to assess the structure and function of your joints and muscles.
In some cases you may be referred for imaging, including X-rays or an MRI, to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. Based on your exam, Dr. Nutt or Dr. Rayner determine your diagnosis and outlines a treatment approach to help you.
Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner use a combination of functional medicine and functional neurology to reach the root cause of your symptoms. They may collect samples of your blood for analysis to determine if you have any food allergies, autoimmune conditions, or high levels of inflammatory chemicals that are related to your symptoms. Based on your personalized blood testing and physical exam, they develop a nutrition plan, including supplements, to help your body heal.
Your treatment plan may focus on foods to reduce inflammation and pain or supplements to boost your energy levels naturally. Functional neurology exercises might also be used to reduce abnormal pain responses and help you cope with your symptoms better.
For a personalized approach to fibromyalgia treatment, call The Wellness Institute of Dallas or schedule a consultation online today.