At Avicenna Acupuncture Clinic, Igor Zielinski L.Ac has specialized in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is excellent for decreasing the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Coexisting conditions like insomnia, depression, or irritable bowel syndrome can be reduced significantly, if not eliminated.
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Why Do I Specialize in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia?
In my practice, I have found TCM to be very effective in treating fibromyalgia with its coexisting symptoms. I have found that a holistic approach is the most effective. This approach includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, and physical exercises.
My extensive western medical knowledge as an MD helps analyze lab results and find and eliminate potential sources of infection or inflammation. On our clinic’s website and blog, I will continue to present new and old research data, news, and “outside-the-box” ideas concerning the treatment of fibromyalgia.
On a personal note: Unfortunately, patients with fibromyalgia are often misunderstood. I have heard many patients complain about being labeled as “crazy” (yes, I am serious) and/or as a hypochondriac by their physicians, friends, and family. The phrase they often hear is: “It’s all in your head.” It must be incredibly frustrating to listen to 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.