Affecting more than 4 million Americans, fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, migraines, cognitive impairment, and it can severely impact your everyday life. The doctors at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center specialize in treating fibromyalgia and are experienced in providing a wide range of treatments while keeping you informed every step of the way. Call or book an appointment online to visit their office located in Lisle, and service the cities of Naperville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Bolingbrook, IL.
Women's Health And Fibromyalgia Specialist
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects your bones and muscles, causing joint pain and fatigue. It’s often misdiagnosed, and while there is no cure, there are some treatment options available that can help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
While the cause is unknown, many experts believe it’s a malfunction in the communication between your brain and spinal cord. You’re more at risk for fibromyalgia if you’re female, have a sedentary lifestyle, or have a family member with the disease.
If you already have another chronic pain disease like arthritis, or if you have a lasting infection, you’re more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression may also trigger or exacerbate it.
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Memory loss
- Tender, sore areas
- Cognitive impairment
- Twitching or tightness
- Widespread muscle pain
- Moderate to severe fatigue
Fibromyalgia sufferers may also experience insomnia due to pain, restlessness, or twitching. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Stomach pain and bloating
- Dry mouth, eyes, and nose
- Light and temperature sensitivity
- Numbness in the face or extremities
- Frequent moderate to severe migraines
The treatments for fibromyalgia range from medication to self-care, including:
- Pain relievers
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Anti-seizure medications
Holistic medicine is a form of healing that centers on the body as a whole, involving mind, body, spirit, and emotions. The philosophy is that you can obtain optimal health by achieving the proper balance in your life.
Your body is made up of interdependent, interconnected parts that work in harmonious balance. If one part malfunctions, be it physical or emotional, this affects the balance of the other parts, causing a harmful health outcome.
The physicians at Northstar use a holistic approach to give you a better overarching treatment plan with a multi-pronged approach. They may recommend medications, holistic therapies like massage or acupuncture, or lifestyle modifications.
Holistic women’s health focuses specifically on women and addresses issues such as pregnancy, female infertility, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Natalie Schultz has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of PCOS. Sometimes, the holistic approach can result in a full reversal of infertility.
Call or book your appointment online and find the right course of treatment for you.