Dr. Tobias Pintar

General Practitioner, LNB Pain Therapy, Acupuncture

Fibromyalgia? What the heck is fibromyalgia?

Giving multiple pain a name is curse and blessing at the same time.

Finally being able to give the devil a name and being able to say ‘that’s what I am suffering from’, can be a relief. On the other hand the diagnosis of fibromyalgia seems so definite, that it can lead to a lot of hopelessness and despair. By definition fibromyalgia is widespread body pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Any other potential diagnosis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, have been discarded. Often the pain is accompanied by fatigue, poor sleep, mood problems, restless- legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling, and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. There is no clear evidence as to why people develop these pains. That makes it very difficult to find effective treatment options. In many cases people end up with a big list of drugs, but yet they don’t find the relief they are looking for.

The LNB Pain Therapy looks at it from a different angle

From the LNB Pain Therapy view the primary focus is to get the pain down, as that is where the patients main suffering comes from. The simplistic LNB Pain Therapy approach sees fibromyalgia as multiple pain areas due to exaggerated myo-fascial tension.

Therefore LNB Pain Therapy treats fibromyalgia just as any other pain condition – with osteo-pressure and consecutive stretching exercises. If you treat one area after the other, starting with the worst, the condition can be gradually healed. This has been proven in numerous cases. With specific constriction point stretches patients can also keep fibromyalgia at bay in the long term. Once the pain is successfully treated we should also go ahead and look for primary causes for the fibromyalgia. Usually there are more factors coming together.

In my next blogs I want to look at the specifics of some of the most common pain conditions. I want to put some light on how they develop and what one can do about them.