Fibromyalgia is a complex disease. But so are the individuals who suffer from the chronic pain condition. That’s why no single treatment works for all patients.
At Interventional Pain Associates in Austin, Texas, our pai- management specialist, Dr. Sarosh Saleemi, takes a holistic and individualized approach to fibromyalgia. We treat the person, not the disease, focusing on the underlying cause of the pain condition.
With this approach, we provide a combination of treatments that reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of our patient’s fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Here, we want to share with you some of the effective treatments we use for fibromyalgia.
1. Nutrition therapy
We consider nutrition one of the most important treatments for our fibromyalgia patients. Research indicates that what you eat influences inflammation. Making changes to your nutrition may help reduce inflammation and pain.
There’s no special diet for fibromyalgia, but we recommend a balanced meal plan that ensures your body gets all the health-promoting nutrients it needs.
2. Intravenous (IV) therapy
If you’re unable to get all the nutrients your body needs through diet alone, we offer IV therapy. We combine the Myers’ cocktail with vitamins that benefit your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This IV treatment includes nutrients that boost your overall wellness, digestive health, and immune system function.
We also offer IV ketamine therapy as a pain-management option for fibromyalgia.
3. Stress management
Stress is a common trigger for a fibromyalgia flare-up. We consider stress management a vital part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan. We recommend stress-reducing therapies like meditation and mindfulness. Many of our patients also find cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helpful in managing stress and minimizing their pain flare-ups.
4. Regular exercise
Engaging in regular exercise, including aerobic activity and strength training, reduces fibromyalgia pain and improves quality of life. Getting started is the hardest part.
We recommend you take it slow, but keep it steady. Maybe start with 10-minute daily walks, adding 5-10 minutes every few days or so until you’re up to 30 minutes a day. Then, add in light strength training exercises or yoga two days a week.
Once you get into a routine, you can expect to have less pain and more energy. If needed, we refer our patients to physical therapy for a professional workout plan.
5. Other therapies
We also use conventional treatments for fibromyalgia, including interventional pain management for our patients with fibromyalgia pain that originates in the spine. Focusing on the whole person, we also recommend complementary therapies like chiropractic care and acupuncture.
The most effective treatments for fibromyalgia are the ones that focus on your whole health, not your pain. We can help you get your life back. Call our office or click the “book online” button to make an appointment with our fibromyalgia expert today.