Living with fibromyalgia can be truly debilitating. Widespread pain, severe fatigue and chronic sleep disruption can leave you feeling unwell, overwhelmed and wanting answers. Many patients, particularly women, suffer for years without the proper diagnosis or treatment, but fortunately research over the past 10 years has provided a much deeper understanding of both the biology of fibromyalgia and the influences upon the condition.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
It is believed that fibromyalgia can result from a genetic predisposition which is triggered by an injury, an illness, life events or on-going stress. The different body systems respond, resulting in a blend of physical and psychological symptoms.
More often than not, the condition will occur in conjunction with other recognised pain syndromes such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraine, bladder dysfunction or temporomandibular disorder. These functional pain syndromes manifest in different body systems, yet are largely underpinned by the same biological mechanisms. This means that we can target these mechanisms for an overall effect upon the sensitivity and pain.
What are the existing treatments?
It’s an unfortunate fact that thousands of people live in pain because they have been misdiagnosed or not treated properly. Many self-medicate with basic pain killers or are dismissed by their doctors time and time again.
What many don’t realise, is that with accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive course of treatment, fibromyalgia can be managed effectively. The prescription of suitable medications, physical therapy, and small lifestyle changes can make living with fibromyalgia much more comfortable.
What is rTMS and how can it help with Fibromyalgia?
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a ground-breaking treatment for chronic depression offered in the UK exclusively by The London Psychiatry Centre. The results have been extremely positive as it is a highly effective, pain-free, and noninvasive option for those who are suffering.
Additionally, research has now shown us that rTMS is not only a successful option for depression, but also for the management of fibromyalgia.
Patients have seen improvements with even a few sessions of rTMS, effectively treating the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. The analgesic affects of the treatment make way for an overall reduction of pain, whether it be sensory or emotionally derived — enabling a lift in mood and a better quality of life.
The London Psychiatry Centre is collaborating with rheumatologist Dr Stephanie Kaye Barrett and pain physiotherapist Richmond Stace to provide the best level of care for our fibromyalgia patients. Participating in a programme of reactivation, alongside rTMS, focuses upon different ways of gradually building fitness and re-engaging with social, family and work-related activities.
Don’t let fibromyalgia stand in the way of your best life, contact The London Psychiatry Centre today.