Fibromyalgia Clinic - Chronic Pain

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Fibromyalgia is a debilitating chronic disease that affects 3% to 5% of Canadians. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include pain that can affect any area of the body, fatigue, sleep problems, brain “fog,” stiffness, muscle cramping and weakness, migraine headaches, and digestive problems. The condition can be aggravated by factors such as weather, hormones, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Fibromyalgia can be treated with a combination of pain medication, non-drug therapies, and self-help techniques. However, because it can be difficult to arrive at the right combination of medications, people with fibromyalgia are often referred to clinics that specialize in pain care.

Specialists in pain management have expertise in prescribing medication for the condition, and they may also recommend medical procedures, such as trigger point injections that will help to manage intense pain.

If you have fibromyalgia, ask your doctor to refer you to an Ontario pain care clinic. Maximize your quality of life!
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Fibromyalgia Clinics

 
People with fibromyalgia are often referred to pain care clinics. The doctors at these facilities have a great deal of experience dealing with the condition and have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the range of pain medication available. Working in concert with the patient, these specialists can help to find ways for them to manage pain effectively.
 

Drug Therapies

 
There are several ways that pain care specialists work to control pain. First, the brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine often work to tone down pain messages. Anti-depressants raise the levels of these two substances, so they are often prescribed for fibromyalgia pain. Next, with fibromyalgia, muscles and tissues send constant signals of pain to the brain. Certain anti-epileptic drugs slow down these messages, so these drugs can be part of the medication mix. Fibromyalgia patients often have tight, knotted muscles. Adding a muscle relaxant to their drug therapy can help to relieve this. In people without fibromyalgia, dopamine is released to ease pain whenever it occurs. However, fibro patients don’t experience this dopamine boost. Medication that mimics dopamine may also be useful. And, of course, conventional pain medication is also part of the treatment. Mild opioids are often prescribed, although those with more severe pain may require stronger drugs.
 
After pain, fatigue is cited as the second worst symptom of the disease. Agents to combat fatigue may also be prescribed. Fatigue can also be a sign of a hypoactive thyroid, which is present in approximately 30% of fibromyalgia patients, so specialists should check to see if thyroid medication is necessary.
 
Another major symptom of fibromyalgia is difficulty with sleeping. Therefore, doctors may prescribe insomnia medication. And, because roughly one-third of fibromyalgia patients suffer from restless legs syndrome, doctors sometimes treat for this disorder.
 

Other Treatments

 
Non-drug therapies such as massage, osteopathic treatments, or acupuncture help some patients. In addition, your doctor may feel that a medical therapy such as trigger-point injections is indicated.
 
If you have fibromyalgia, ask your doctor about a referral for one of Ontario’s excellent pain care clinics.
Mississauga Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Mississauga Clinic

6981 Millcreek Drive - Unit 2
Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B8
Tel: 289-724-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-914-CARE (2273)

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Oakville Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Oakville Clinic

245 Wyecroft Road - Unit 1
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3Y6
Tel: 289-817-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-817-CARE (2273)

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Hamilton Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Hamilton Clinic

701 Main Street West - Unit 100
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 1A2
Tel: 289-768 PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-779-CARE (2273)

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