Fibromyalgia: New Advances in Care…Dr. Dennis Lenselink, Bloomington MN

An estimated 5.8 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an extremely hard disorder to pin-point as it affects each person differently. Some people have mild pain, while others can have severe pain that torments them all throughout the day and night.

The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek term for muscle (myo) and pain (algia) Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is a widespread musculoskeletal pain paired with fatigue, sleep, memory complications and mood swings. Researchers think that fibromyalgia heightens painful sensations by affecting the way your brain triggers those pain signals. Symptoms usually begin after physical trauma, surgery, infection or under a deep amount of stress, however, there are cases where symptoms are gradual and increase over time with no triggered event. AdvaCare Clinics has many treatments and procedures that can help you cope with Fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Severe muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness
  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling you got no sleep
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”)
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation and/or diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
  • Mood Swings
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
  • Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
  • A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feetFibro1

Diagnosis:

Research has shown that people usually visit their primary doctor before actually getting the diagnosis. This may happen because the pain and fatigue that go along in many fibromyalgia cases overlap with other conditions. The doctor typically has to go through all the symptoms and rule out any other condition before diagnosing fibromyalgia. Another reason is that there is no current lab testing for fibromyalgia. Typical lab tests cannot explain a physiologic reason for pain. Because there is no approved, objective testing for fibromyalgia, some doctors may believe that patient’s pain is not really there, or that there is nothing they can do. However, a doctor that has been working with fibromyalgia cases for some time can make a diagnosis based on the criteria made by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR): a history of all over pain (widespread pain affecting all four quadrants of the body) lasting 3 months or longer, and other symptoms including fatigue, lack of sleep, and memory or thought problems.

How is Fibromyalgia Treated at AdvaCare Clinics?

At Advacare Clinics we have over 34 years of experience in treating patients with natural therapies and procedures that can help people deal with fibromyalgia. With our latest technology and equipment, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DC, Dr. Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help you cope with fibromyalgia. All of our therapies and procedures pinpoint the certain pains, muscle spasms, and migraines that you could be dealing with. Here are some of the therapies we offer:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage and myofascial release
  • Physical Therapy
  • EMS (electrical muscle stimulation)
  • Laser Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • And many more!

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.