Widespread Pain

Millions of Americans endure pain that lasts for months, sometimes years. We understand the negative impact of pain on your quality of life. That’s why NeuroSpine Institute offers a range of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches with your unique needs in mind.

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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is any pain that lasts more than three months. The pain can become progressively worse and reoccur intermittently, beyond the normal healing process. Chronic pain can last long after the expected healing process ends, for no apparent reason.

The most common sources of chronic pain include low back pain, headache, and arthritic pain. Chronic pain can cause significant psychological and emotional trauma and often limits an individual’s ability to fully function.

The treatment of chronic pain has been adjusted over the years. It used to be that doctors focused on treating the underlying cause of pain, thinking that once the injury or disease was cured, the chronic pain would disappear. Now doctors believe that chronic pain is a condition itself that needs to be treated as the primary pathology.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is known to be a chronic disorder. There is no cure but there are treatments.


The four features of fibromyalgia:

Pain

Patients talk of widespread or generalized pain that is often axial (such as low back pain). It is interpreted to be deep and muscular in origin, however the patient may report ‘weakness’.

Stiffness

Widespread stiffness, which is worse in the morning, may improve during the day, but is much worse the day after physical exertion or exercise. The pain is not enough to keep a patient in bed

Fatigue

Fatigue may be the first problem a fibromyalgia patient describes. While the patient may experience 24-48 hours of energy, the rebound is falling into fatigue and being tired again.

Non-restorative sleep

Wake up feeling tired. This symptom is not universal.

To manage fibromyalgia, a management program should contain

  • the correct diagnosis
  • patient education about the disorder
  • sleep enhancement for fibromyalgia
  • aerobic fitness for fibromyalgia

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