Fibromyalgia Specialist

Progressive Medical Center

Integrative Functional Medicine & Health and Wellness Center located in Dunwoody, Atlanta, GA

If you don't have fibromyalgia, it's hard to fully understand the depth of pain and fatigue the disease causes. To make things worse, it's nearly impossible to find conventional medical care that provides long-lasting relief. Benjamin Johnston Sr., MD, and the team at Progressive Medical Center have extensive experience identifying the root cause of symptoms and creating customized care plans that encompass an array of natural and integrative therapies. To get help for the bodywide pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, call the office in Atlanta, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain condition. Though fibromyalgia causes two hallmark symptoms — widespread pain and extreme fatigue — people experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Muscle, joint, and soft tissue pain
  • Fatigue (that doesn't improve with sleep)
  • Sensitivity to lights, noises, and temperature
  • Difficulty concentrating (fibro brain fog)
  • Memory loss or forgetfulness
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Your symptoms may come and go, but when they flare up, they cause such severe pain and fatigue that they impair daily function.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown. However, the condition is associated with:

  • Neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Pain hypersensitivity disorders
  • Infections
  • Toxicity
  • Obesity

Fibromyalgia often occurs together with other health challenges. For example, you may have another pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, or inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus.

How do integrative practitioners diagnose fibromyalgia?

Your provider at Progressive Medical Center creates a personal profile by talking with you and learning about your medical history, symptoms, and life stressors. Then they run sophisticated diagnostic tests that reveal your unique biochemistry.

Their comprehensive lab evaluations examine cellular and metabolic activities. As a result, they can identify or rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms. 

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Your provider at Progressive Medical Center evaluates all your information and tailors a treatment plan that eases your symptoms and targets the underlying problems. The comprehensive treatments cover multiple systems and therapies. 

Natural treatments for fibromyalgia focus on:

  • Healing your gastrointestinal system
  • Eliminating inflammation
  • Treating food allergies
  • Detoxifying your body
  • Replenishing nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing hormones
  • Improving your sleep
  • Boosting your immune function
  • Creating an exercise regimen

Progressive Medical Center also offers a wide range of alternative therapies for fibromyalgia.

What alternative therapies improve fibromyalgia?

The symptoms caused by fibromyalgia are so diverse and widespread that Progressive Medical Center recommends many alternative therapies as needed for each person. You may benefit from therapeutic options such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • IV therapy
  • BioMat® therapy
  • Far-infrared sauna
  • Oxidative therapies
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Most conventional medical doctors turn to a handful of medications when treating fibromyalgia. Though some medications may relieve symptoms, none cure fibromyalgia. Medications also come with side effects, and they don't work for everyone.

The natural treatments provided by Progressive Medical Center safely and effectively restore your body, ease your symptoms, and support your body’s natural healing ability.

To get expert care for fibromyalgia, call Progressive Medical Center or book an appointment online today.