Virginia Integrative Practice

Regenerative Medicine & Integrative Medicine located in Charlottesville, VA & Falls Church, VA

Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain condition that affects the health of millions of Americans, but the illness is often challenging to diagnose. At Virginia Integrative Practice in Charlottesville and Falls Church, Virginia, Ina Grundmann, MD, and her team ensure proper diagnosis and combine the best of conventional medicine and science-based integrative therapies to reduce your pain and restore your quality of life. If you’re living with chronic pain, call Virginia Integrative Practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes:

  • Widespread musculoskeletal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Cognitive fog

Fibromyalgia is also associated with other painful conditions, including migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and cystitis. 

Your symptoms can change from day-to-day. You might also find that your symptoms are more severe at different times of the day or after certain activities. 

Medical researchers haven’t identified the precise cause of fibromyalgia. Some of the potential risk factors include a family history of the condition, infections, physical trauma, and significant stress. 

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

There isn’t a single test to identify fibromyalgia. The team at Virginia Integrative Practice provides a comprehensive exam and extensive testing to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

For example, they might order bloodwork to check your thyroid function and rheumatoid factors. 

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Virginia Integrative Practice offers customized treatment plans that combine conventional medicine with science-based integrative therapies to reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms and restore your quality of life. 

Depending on your needs, your treatment plan might include medication like pain relievers, antiseizure drugs, and antidepressants. Your provider might also recommend natural therapies, including:

  • Nutritional therapy
  • Peptide therapy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy

Your provider might also help you add regular, low-impact physical activity into your day-to-day life. Many patients find that practicing yoga or tai chi helps them feel better. 

Fibromyalgia can take a toll on your mental and emotional wellness. The practice offers hypnotherapy and might recommend counseling services like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you cope with your condition. They can also help you reduce your overall stress, which might help lessen your symptoms.

Ultimately, Virginia Integrative Practice works with you to find the right combination of therapies to reduce your pain and help you lead a fulfilling life. They can help you adjust your daily routine to allow enough time for rest and self-care, which can make a big difference to your overall well-being. 

Call Virginia Integrative Practice or make an appointment online today for innovative and personalized treatments for fibromyalgia. Serving Charlottsville, Falls Church, and Fairfax, VA.