What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that results in widespread pain throughout your body. Fibromyalgia has no known cause or cure, so it’s difficult to diagnose.
Researchers believe it develops when your brain and spinal cord fail to accurately process non-pain signals. This confusion might cause your nerves to fire off pain signals to your brain when no pain-related condition exists.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Chronic pain is not the only symptom associated with fibromyalgia. Along with pain and discomfort, fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Brain fog
- Cognitive challenges
- Digestive problems
- Sleep problems
While anybody can get fibromyalgia, it’s far more common in women than men. It affects about four million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What causes fibromyalgia?
While no one now knows what causes fibromyalgia, risk factors for this chronic condition include:
- Having lupus, an autoimmune disorder
- Having rheumatoid arthritis, also an autoimmune disorder
- Being middle-aged
- Being a woman
- Being obese
- Having a family history of fibromyalgia
- Having suffered repeated injuries
- Being under extreme stress
- Having suffered from specific viral infections
Because fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose, it typically takes a physical exam, blood work, and X-rays to accurately diagnose the condition.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
A complex condition requires cutting-edge treatment. At Radiant Pain Relief, pain management experts use Scrambler Therapy to treat fibromyalgia without injections, medication, or surgery. This FDA-cleared cutaneous (skin surface) electro-stimulation therapy rewires the way your brain processes pain.
During Scrambler Therapy, the pain management technician places electrodes on your skin near the areas you feel pain. The scrambler device delivers relatively low-level electrical currents to your nerves.
This electrical current replaces your pain signals with non-pain information. After a series of treatments, Scrambler Therapy will have trained your brain into recognizing this new information as non-pain signals.
How long does Scrambler Therapy for fibromyalgia take?
The team at Radiant Pain Relief recommends 45-minute Scrambler Therapy sessions every day for two weeks to get lasting results. There’s a two-day break in the middle of your treatment to promote a healthy recovery.
Individual Scrambler Therapy results vary. After evaluating the origin, duration, and intensity of your pain, your provider can determine exactly how many treatments you’ll need.
To learn more about Scrambler Therapy for fibromyalgia, call Radiant Pain Relief Centres today or schedule an appointment online.