If you're one of the five million Americans who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then you're no stranger to pain. Between the morning stiffness, chronic muscle aches, and reoccurring headaches, your days and nights can feel pretty long.
Add that to the difficulty thinking (often referred to as "fibro-fog"), being chronically tired, and dealing with numbness issues and it's completely understandable that you'd go in search of relief—relief that can often be found via functional medicine treatment methods focused on treating the underlying issue rather than just the symptoms.
Richart Functional Medicine sees a lot of fibromyalgia patients in our Arizona and Illinois functional medicine practice and we've helped many people get their lives back from chronic pain.
For instance, because lack of sleep can negatively impact fibromyalgia sufferers, some people rely on sleep medications to get the recommended amount of rest. However, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that you adopt some type of regular sleep schedule instead to prevent the aggravation of this condition further.
Additionally, research has found that increasing vitamin D can sometimes help as well. This can often be accomplished by taking supplements, spending more time in the sun, or simply eating vitamin D-rich foods like fish, cheese, and eggs.
Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, there are many things you can do to help ease this condition. When you first see Richart Functional Medicine, we'll do a complete and thorough exam to possibly get to the root of your fibromyalgia pain. After we get a better picture of what's happening, we'll develop a treatment plan together that may restore the natural function of your body.
We care for patients in Arizona and Illinois. Give us a call today at (520) 839-8001 for more information or an appointment.