Fibromyalgia in Philadelphia, PA
Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, its symptoms can be treated. At World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, a board-certified physician, customizes fibromyalgia treatment plans for people living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities, to help them achieve a sense of balance in order to withstand the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that causes extreme pain all over the body, along with other symptoms. These symptoms may vary in intensity and often increase and decrease over time. Stress often worsens the symptoms. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia typically experience:
- Tenderness to touch or pressure affecting joints and muscles
- Sleep problems (waking up tired)
- Problems with memory or thinking clearly
- Bouts of depression
- Severe headaches similar to migraines
- Digestive issues
- Pain in the pelvis
Other symptoms that people with fibromyalgia experience are often similar to chronic fatigue syndrome and may include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Exhaustion lasting extended periods of time following any amount of exertion
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are often confused with one another because of their similar symptoms; however, they are very different. Researchers consider fibromyalgia to be a muscular disease, while chronic fatigue syndrome is a viral infection. Additionally, the two main symptoms of each – pain and fatigue – differ with each condition in that the primary symptom of fibromyalgia is the extreme pain, while chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers experience extreme exhaustion.
It is important to note that according to the Arthritis Foundation roughly 50 to 70 percent of those suffering from fibromyalgia also match the criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Fibromyalgia treatments do not cure the condition; instead, they treat the symptoms. At World Wellness Health Institute, patients suffering from fibromyalgia may be treated with a combination of conventional and alternative therapies, including prescription medications along with holistic, functional or integrative therapies all with the intention of relieving the pain and helping patients feel a sense of balance in the system. Dr. Lebowitz involves patients in customizing their treatment plans to the point that they determine how to treat the pain naturally through diet, exercise, meditation, massage and other natural therapies, and conventionally in terms of when prescription medication is introduced.
Benefits of Fibromyalgia Treatment
Because there is no cure for fibromyalgia, treatments are designed to relieve the symptoms, primarily the pain. The treatment options are based on the level of pain. Since the pain ebbs and flows, it is possible to alleviate it through natural means and only offer up prescription medications when the pain is severe. At World Wellness Health Institute, patients are in charge of their treatment plans allowing them to feel in control of their condition.
Fibromyalgia Treatment Preparation
When preparing for an appointment with your physician regarding fibromyalgia, it is important to think about how to describe your symptoms. Some of the symptoms may become more intense when eating certain foods, participating in certain activities or at certain times of day. Having an understanding of the surrounding circumstances helps the physician have a firm comprehension on the best options for treatments during those times. Dr. Lebowitz insists on an open line of communication between he and his patients, so asking questions and having frank discussions is an integral part of the process.
The recovery in dealing with fibromyalgia lies in managing the symptoms. Whether naturally or with prescription drugs when necessary, patients must learn how to cope with the symptoms, as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle in every sense of the word in an attempt to minimize the frequency along with the intensity of the symptoms.
How Much Does Fibromyalgia Treatment Cost?
The cost of fibromyalgia treatments varies with each patient depending on the chosen treatments, as well as whether they are done in combination with each other. In general, World Wellness Health Institute offers a program based on an annual fee for appointments or visits with Dr. Lebowitz throughout the year. During a complimentary consultation, Dr. Lebowitz goes over the wellness program, explains how integrative medicine treatments play into the program and discusses our payment options and financing through CareCredit®. We can help you determine if any of the tests performed to diagnose fibromyalgia or the prescription medication are covered by your insurance plan.
Is Fibromyalgia Treatment Right for Me?
If you suffer from fibromyalgia and want to be more in control of your treatment plan, then fibromyalgia treatment at World Wellness Health Institute is right for you. Dr. Lebowitz works with you to customize a plan based on what you want, whether it provides natural or prescription treatments, or a combination of both. You are an active participant in your condition and its treatment.
During a consultation with Dr. Lebowitz, he evaluates your current health and family’s medical history. He also takes a good deal of time to talk to you about your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, relaxation, sleep and other influences that may have an effect on fibromyalgia. He may include an overall health check-up, as well as ask for blood work if the last tests were not performed recently. From there, he discusses treatment options with you and works with you to customize a plan of which you are in charge. He insists on an open dialogue with you, so ask questions, offer suggestions and discuss anything you think is relative to your condition.
At World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, a board-certified physician, customizes treatment plans for people living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities, who suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome to help them achieve a sense of balance in order to withstand the pain and fatigue associated with the conditions. Contact us today!
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