Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia: What We Know
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition. There are more than 10 million sufferers in the United States, and it’s estimated that 3-6% of the world’s population has the illness. Women are more likely to develop it than men, and people over 18 are more likely to develop it than those under 18. Still, it does occur in the other demographics and is found in all ethnic groups.
Fibromyalgia sometimes develops in people who have experienced infections, surgery, physical trauma, or high levels of emotional stress, but there isn’t always an identifiable trigger. It not infrequently appears in those who also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), tension headaches, migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome, depression, and/or anxiety.
Fibromyalgia is classified as an autoimmune disease, a condition in which the body has erroneously turned the immune system meant to protect it from disease against itself. It tends to produce a certain characteristic constellation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Widespread pain occurring on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist and last at least three months. Many sufferers describe it as a constant dull ache.
- Fatigue even after a long sleep. (Pain often disrupts a fibromyalgia patient’s sleep, and many also have conditions like sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.)
- Cognitive problems. Often referred to as the “fibro fog,” this symptom interferes with the sufferer’s ability to concentrate, focus, and maintain attention.
Fibromyalgia: What We Don’t Know
Researchers are still a ways away from a complete understanding of fibromyalgia. We don’t, for example, know the cause. Doctors believe the problem lies with the way the brain processes pain signals from the nervous system, but exactly how that’s going wrong and the reason why remain to be discovered.
As you might suspect, since we don’t know what causes fibromyalgia or exactly what’s happening in the body to produce those fibromyalgia symptoms, reaching a definitive fibromyalgia diagnosis can be tricky. It’s often a matter of identifying the characteristic fibromyalgia symptoms, then eliminating all the other illnesses that might be causing them, largely through the use of blood tests. The blood tests are apt to include a complete blood count, thyroid function tests, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, rheumatic factor, and a cyclic citrullinated peptide test.
Most importantly from the perspective of many a fibromyalgia sufferer, there’s no certain cure as of yet. But that doesn’t mean there’s never a way to manage and sometimes even eliminate fibromyalgia symptoms.
Traditional medicine has tended to treat fibromyalgia through the use of medication and therapy.
The point of giving a fibromyalgia sufferer medication is to relieve pain and improve sleep. The following are three kinds of medication in common use:
- Pain relievers. Physicians may recommend common over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) or prescribe something stronger, like tramadol (Ultram). They rarely prescribe narcotics for fibromyalgia because these can both lead to dependency and even make pain worse over time.
- Antidepressants. Milnacipran (Savella) and duloxetine (Cymbalta) sometimes help with pain and fatigue. Cyclobenzaprine and amitriptyline can improve sleep.
- Antiseizure drugs can sometimes reduce fibromyalgia pain. Pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin) are common choices.
Traditional Fibromyalgia Therapy
There are three main types of traditional fibromyalgia therapy:
- Physical therapy aims at reducing fibromyalgia by strengthening the body and improving stamina and flexibility. Many physical therapists recommend water exercises for fibro patients.
- Occupational therapy. The occupational therapist helps the fibromyalgia sufferer find ways to perform routine tasks that put less stress on the body.
- Counselingaims at bolstering the patient’s self-confidence and teaching him or her to manage stress.
It would be wrong to say that none of these interventions has ever helped a fibromyalgia sufferer. It would be just as wrong to suggest that they’ve alleviated every fibromyalgia patient’s distress, and hey, problem solved. Fortunately for the many who are still seeking a truly effective remedy, medical science continues to advance, and in recent years it’s given us the breakthrough called stem cell recruitment therapy.
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy
Stem cell recruitment therapy is a form of regenerative medicine, meaning it aims at growing healthy new tissue to replace tissue damaged by injury or illness. From this, you can see it has a great many applications since virtually any problem in the body can be defined in these terms. In other words, stem cell recruitment therapy addresses the root cause of illness or dysfunction.
Stem cell recruitment therapy does this by using steam cells from the patient’s own body and stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the regenerative process. It’s a safe, non-invasive procedure that has patients back on their feet and resuming their normal activities the same day.
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy and Fibromyalgia
As already noted, medical scientists believe fibromyalgia patients have brains and central nervous systems that deal with pain signals abnormally. They have neurochemical imbalances that make them overly sensitive to excitatory neurotransmitters. Thus what would feel like a gentle touch to a healthy person is painful to a person who suffers from fibromyalgia.
By addressing the damage to the nerves, stem cell recruitment therapy allows them to function as they should, and the pain, fatigue, fibro fog, and other fibromyalgia symptoms go away.
If you’re tired of taking pills that bring only partial relief for your fibromyalgia symptoms and are all too likely to grow less effective over time, we urge you to contact the Pain Relief Institute. Come see us and find out what stem cell recruitment therapy can do for you.