At Avicenna Acupuncture Clinic, Igor Zielinski L.Ac has specialized in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Traditional Chinese Medicine is wonderful in decreasing the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Coexisting conditions like insomnia, depression or irritable bowel syndrome can be reduced significantly, if not eliminated altogether.
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Why do I specialize in the treatment fibromyalgia?
In my practice I have found Traditional Chinese Medicine to be very effective in treating fibromyalgia with its coexisting symptoms. In my experience a holistic approach is most effective. It includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine and physical exercises. My extensive western medical knowledge as an MD is helpful in analyzing lab results, finding and eliminating potential sources of infection and inflammation. On this website and the associated blog I will continue to present new and old research data, news and “out of the box” ideas concerning the treatment of fibromyalgia.
On a personal note: Patients with fibromyalgia are unfortunately often misunderstood. I have heard many patients complain about being labeled as “crazy” (yes, I am serious) and/or hypochondriac by their physicians, friends and family. The phrase they must listen to often is: “It’s all in your head”. It must be incredibly frustrating to hear this, when you hurt all over and are asking for help. I encourage my patients to bring their loved ones for their initial consultation to discuss possible misconceptions about fibromyalgia.
Definition of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by chronic, widespread pain. Chronic means that symptoms last more than three months. Widespread means that pain appears in all four quadrants – upper and lower, left and right. Diagnosis is established by confirming the presence of 11 or more tender points and by ruling out other conditions that may present similarly. There is no blood test that confirms fibromyalgia.