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Fibromyalgia treatment specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur, specializes in helping patients overcome the difficulties that present with this condition.

Understanding fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, and it can seriously reduce your quality of life. It affects about 2% to 4% of the population, with women being diagnosed at a rate of 7:1 compared to men.

The condition is difficult to diagnose because it is known to occur in conjunction with other chronic illness, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis – a systemic inflammatory disease of the joints
  • Lupus erythematosus – an autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation and tissue damage
  • Osteoporosis – a degeneration of cartilage and bone in the joints
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the axial skeletal and joints

What causes fibromyalgia?

Though the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, experts believe that it may amplify how the brain processes pain signals. Some physicians feel that fibromyalgia may be exacerbated by 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 heightened pain receptors and inflammation in the body, 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.

The symptoms

The symptoms of fibromyalgia have been known to begin after a physically traumatic event, such as surgery, spinal surgery, severe distress or a serious infection. However, they can also accumulate gradually.

Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological distress
  • Poor information processing
  • Reduced cognitive functioning
  • Fatigue
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Memory deficits
  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pelvic pain
  • Overactive bladder

As an autoimmune disorder, it is vital that the underlying cause of the problem is found. As a functional medicine clinic, Angel Longevity Medical Center specializes in finding the best and the right fibromyalgia treatment for each individual.

Once isolated and treated with the correct combination of protocols, the results can be amazing.

Our Back to Wellness Program

As a part of her “Back to Wellness Program,” Dr. Mathur 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 biochemical 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 of the patient’s fibromyalgia treatment plan. Dr. Mathur’s expertise lies in knowing how to develop a customized treatment protocol that can help patients reduce the signs and symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

If you would like to reduce pain and inflammation while improving overall health, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease treatment specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur, can help. Call her office today at (818) 961-2055.

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