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Fibromyalgia is one of the most miserable diseases known to mankind. It is a chronic disease process that causes lifelong widespread body pain and tenderness in the over six million individuals in the United States who suffer with it. In fact, chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, as a whole, afflicts over thirty million Americans. While such pain does not shorten life, it gradually destroys one’s being through the despair the pain imposes and the adverse impact it has on function. The anguish of chronic pain from fibromyalgia and other rheumatic diseases is magnified by the fact that treatment is frequently, if not invariably, ineffective or incomplete. Why? Because the assessment of fibromyalgia and other chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain is complex and requires significantly more time, attention, expert knowledge, and understanding than is usually available in standard assessments. Usually, nobody identifies where such pain even comes from. Thus, treatment programs are limited and inadequate.

At the Fibromyalgia Polypain Arthritis Center, we take the time to listen, look, and learn. To provide thorough detailed, comprehensive, and personalized assessments that are not limited by time or lack of understanding, but rather, directed by the very specific physical, psychological, functional, and social circumstances of the individual. We don’t rush you. We talk to you. We listen to you. We thoroughly examine you. By peeling back the layers of pain, we strive to identify where the pain comes from in fibromyalgia or other conditions of chronic musculoskeletal pain, the mechanism by which it evolves, and how it is modulated.  We endeavor to demystify fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain and provide new insights and understandings into the body and how it works in the context of chronic pain.

Our intensive assessments provide an original synthesis and integration of medical history and physical examination into cause-based solutions to fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain. We devote the time necessary to fully explain the findings and answer all questions to fully enlighten and empower those impacted by fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain with an integrated blend of traditional and complementary strategies in an individualized wellness recovery program. Elements we address include the cause of the pain, the factors that modulate it, and making everything that is unknown about the relationships between pain and tenderness to disability, sleep, weight related issues, psychological and psychosocial disturbances, and sexual difficulties clear, understandable, and treatable. We make every effort to provide the substrate of truly justified hope and faith in the ability of individuals to transcend the suffering of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain to make positive changes in their health and overall well-being.