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Fibromyalgia Q&A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes a variety of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. Fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, although the pain can vary. You may have chronic pain in one location, or the pain may come and go, affecting the same or different parts of your body.

In addition to chronic, widespread pain, fibromyalgia also causes fatigue and cognitive difficulties. For example, you may have trouble paying attention and decision-making.

If you have fibromyalgia, you have an increased risk of other chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, cystitis, migraines, and temporomandibular joint disorder. It’s not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia to also suffer from depression.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Doctors and medical researchers don’t fully understand what causes fibromyalgia. However, evidence points to dysfunction in your neurological system that sends errant pain signals to your brain. Doctors also believe there is a genetic factor in your risk of fibromyalgia. They do know that infections, as well as physical and emotional trauma, can trigger your symptoms.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Dr. Bonlie takes an integrative approach to treating fibromyalgia. He understands that you have a complicated medical history and have probably tried several treatments to resolve your symptoms. Dr. Bonlie’s goal is to work with you, as your partner in health, and find the specific combination of therapies needed to restore your health and vitality.

He begins with a comprehensive consultation and physical exam so he can develop a detailed understanding of your condition. He may order lab tests to check for signs of other health issues that could contribute to your symptoms or interfere with your wellness.

Dr. Bonlie creates customized, integrative treatment plans designed to relieve your symptoms while also improving your overall health. He believes every system in your body works together and that by improving your body function, you also enhance your overall health and wellness.

SHINE protocol

Your treatment plan follows the SHINE protocol. The SHINE protocol includes customized therapies designed to improve your sleep, hormonal balance, immune health, nutrition, and exercise. Each element of the SHINE protocol is personalized to address your needs. Like the systems of your body, when each part is optimized, your overall wellness improves.

Call Dr. Bonlie or schedule a consultation online today for integrative, patient-focused treatment for fibromyalgia.

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