Chronic Fatigue Specialist
Be The Change Health &
Family Practice & Integrative Medicine located
in Columbia, MD
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are very similar conditions that can cause widespread pain and unrelenting tiredness. At Be The Change Health & Wellness Center in Columbia, Maryland, Sultana Afrooz, DO, and the team treat both conditions with a holistic approach and can reduce your need for pharmaceutical medications. Book your consultation by phone or request an appointment online today.
Chronic Fatigue Q & A
What is chronic fatigue?
Chronic fatigue, or chronic fatigue syndrome, is an issue that can affect your sleep, memory, concentration, productivity, and lots of other aspects of your life and wellness. Its primary symptom is extreme tiredness that doesn’t go away, even if you sleep more, take naps frequently, or rest throughout the day.
Beyond general lethargy, other symptoms of chronic fatigue include:
- Memory and concentration problems
- Frequent headaches
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
Your chronic fatigue symptoms can come and go or fluctuate. Factors like stress and past viral infections might contribute to chronic fatigue, but experts don’t fully understand the causes behind the condition.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that presents similarly to chronic fatigue syndrome. It’s a chronic condition causing musculoskeletal pain and fatigue in addition to other symptoms like:
- Sleep that isn’t restful
- Depression and anxiety
- Trouble concentrating
- Brain fog
- Bladder or bowel issues
Experts don’t fully understand fibromyalgia, but they think it affects the way your nerves and brain interpret pain signals. Even stimuli that wouldn’t normally cause any pain can trigger your fibromyalgia symptoms. Women account for most cases of the condition, and the symptoms seem to affect women more severely than they do men.
If you have fibromyalgia, you might get pain that is concentrated in small regions called trigger points. Common areas for trigger points are the back of the head, shoulders, upper chest, and joints.
How are chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia treated?
Be The Change Health & Wellness Center can help you manage chronic pain and tiredness from either disease. Your provider works closely with you to develop a treatment plan that coincides with your schedule, no matter how busy you are. It might include:
- A personalized nutrition and wellness plan
- IV therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)™ therapy
- Supplements or essential oils
As you complete your personalized treatment plan for symptoms of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, you can make regular visits to the office for progress tracking. If you’re not experiencing relief, your provider might adjust the plan with additional treatments or lifestyle recommendations to adopt at home.
If you’re interested in learning more about the holistic wellness therapies for chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, call Be The Change Health & Wellness Center or request an appointment online today.