Fibromyalgia is a is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, although it affects around 7 times as many women as men. Some estimates suggest nearly 1 in 20 people in the UK may be affected by fibromyalgia to some degree. It most commonly develops between the ages of 25 and 55, although children and the elderly can also get it.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms can differ from person to person. A common symptom that causes people to seek treatment for the condition is chronic muscle aches and pain. Fibromyalgia pain can be localised to specific areas like the neck or shoulders or can affect the entire body. This pain can range from mild aches to severe debilitating pain that impacts a person’s ability to function. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include :
- Chronic body stiffness
- Depression and anxiety
- Cognitive changes (difficulty concentrating, changes to memory)
- Migraine headaches
- Tingling to the hands and feet
- Digestive issues including bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation
Some living with fibromyalgia might also experience:
- Frequent headaches
- Sensitivity to light, sound, heat, and cold
- Dry nose, eyes, and mouth
- Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, legs, arms, and face
- Stomach pain, bloating, and nausea
What can cause Fibromyalgia?
There is not one definitive cause of fibromyalgia, but there are numerous contributing factors. This could include, but not limited to:
- Trauma or injury
- Leaky Gut issues
- Exposure to mycotoxins
- Food Allergies and Sensitivities
- Problems in Pain Processing linked to the nervous system
- Genetic issues with pain
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Gluten intolerance
- Candida overgrowth
- Adrenal complexities
How do we test for Fibromyalgia?
As one of the largest functional medicine clinics in Europe, we will investigate all possible routes and causes during your visit. With this approach, our specialist practitioners look closely at the myriad of interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
We have built a reputation for our expertise in functional medicine. We combine industry-leading nutritional practices , alongside the latest in-house testing, so we can attend to all your health needs in one trip.
How do we support Fibromyalgia?
Our consultations are based around the client as an individual with a unique set of health concerns and goals to provide a holistic approach to identify factors that may be impacting to the overall health of the individual.
We create an individualised patient centred plan to support your needs. Correcting imbalances throughout the entire body to cause a reduction in symptoms, improving your daily energy, and naturally improve your overall health, including :
- Strengthening the immune system
- Decreasing toxicity
- Normalising inflammatory function
- Optimising metabolic function
- Balancing regulatory systems
- Enhancing regeneration