West Los Angeles Fibromyalgia specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur specializes in helping patients overcome the difficulties that present with fibromyalgia. As a part of her Back to Wellness Program, she will analyze specific triggers for fibromyalgia and perform testing that can provide a detailed analysis of the body’s internal organ functions. Using sophisticated tests, she can effectively identify bio-chemical imbalances caused by environmental toxicity such as heavy metals, organic solvents and other toxins, and she may additionally test for food allergies, hormone imbalances, cardiovascular issues, and other underlying causes of fibromyalgia. Recommendations for dietary, lifestyle, and nutritional changes may also be part the patient’s healing plan. Dr. Mathur’s expertise lies in knowing how to develop a customized treatment protocol that can help patients reduce the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and improve their overall quality of life.
Fibromyalgia affects about 2% to 4% of the population, with women being diagnosed at a rate of 7:1 compared to men. Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because it is known to occur in conjunction with other chronic illness, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is a systemic inflammatory disease of the joints, Lupus Erythematosus, which is an autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation and tissue damage, osteoporosis, which is a degeneration of cartilage and bone in the joints, and Ankylosing Spondylitis a chronic inflammatory disease effecting the axial skeletal and joints.
Though the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, experts believe that fibromyalgia may amplify how the brain processes pain signals.
Some physicians feel that fibromyalgia may be exacerbated with hormone imbalances. This is because hormones such as testosterone and DHEA play a role in how pain receptors respond in the body. Waning hormone levels may cause pain receptors and inflammation in the body to be heightened, which can increase the symptoms and issues that arise with fibromyalgia. Restoring hormone balance may harmonize the way that pain receptors perceive pain, which can lead to a reduction in the symptoms of widespread body pain.
Characteristics of Fibromyalgia
The symptoms of fibromyalgia have been known to begin after a physically traumatic event, surgery, spinal surgery, severe distress or a serious infection, but the symptoms can also accumulate gradually over time. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, and it can seriously reduce the quality of life. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Sleep Disturbances
- Psychological Distress
- Poor Information Processing
- Reduced Cognitive Functioning
- Morning Stiffness
- Tingling or Numbness in Hands and Feet
- Headaches or Migraines
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Memory Deficits
- Painful Menstrual Cycles
- Depression and Anxiety
- Pelvic Pain
- Overactive Bladder
As an essentially autoimmune disorder, it is vital that the correct root of the problem is found. As a functional medicine clinic, Angel Longevity specializes in finding the right treatment program for each individual. Once isolated and treated with the correct combination of protocols the results can be amazing.
West Los Angeles Fibromyalgia specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur utilizes her Back to Wellness Program to help patients suffering from fibromyalgia to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. As a part of Dr. Mathur’s inclusive treatment plans, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is offered and has proven to have success in improving the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Phospholipid Exchange Therapy can help to detoxify the body on a cellular level, which improves overall health and immune function. With the proper diet and IV Nutrient protocols to strengthen the immune system many of the toxins present in the body. Patients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia have experienced great benefits from these therapies, and they have been able to reduce the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia.