Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia has become one of the most widespread chronic pain conditions, affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States and approximately 5 percent of people in the world. What’s more astounding is that 75 to 90 percent of people with this disorder are women. As the field of fascial research grows, scientists are finding the missing pieces to help people manage their pain by focusing on fascial intervention rather than...
Mark Johnson Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Mark Johnson has a Ph.D in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas, and completed medical psychology rotations at Duke University Medical Center. His specialties include chronic pain, sleep, and co-occurring mood disorders. Dr. Johnson has been with the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center since 2014. This presentation is part of a broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole...
Michael Sullivan, PT, MSPT is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Mr. Sullivan's lecture deals with one of the many issues that people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome struggle with--that movement is painful, to the point where individuals with CRPS don't feel they have the choice to be active. The lecture also talks about neuroplasticity, graded motor imagery, mirror box therapy, and virtual...
Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS. This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.
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Invisible and misunderstood. If you have fibromyalgia, you’ve probably used these two words at some point to describe your condition. You look perfectly healthy despite feeling just the opposite. Your bloodwork, X-rays, and MRIs come out pretty normal – making it hard for doctors to find evidence that something’s wrong, even though nothing feels right.
As a doctor who sees firsthand the damage that chronic pain creates in people’s lives, I believe improving how we treat pain is the single most important public health challenge that we face – but not because of the opioid crisis or the $ 600 billion spent each year on treating pain and lost productivity. From my perspective, chronic pain’s most devastating effect, hidden just below the surface of all the tragic stories, is its impact on our...
By Dr. Peter Abaci More than a third of Americans (78.6 million) are now estimated to be obese. Obesity is typically defined as having a body mass index of over 30, and it is widely considered to be a significant risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancers. Obesity also tacks on an estimated $1429 to a person’s yearly medical expenses.
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Managing chronic pain on a daily basis can be challenging enough, but on top of that many patients with chronic pain are often faced with dealing with other significant chronic diseases at the same time. In fact, I have had countless patients over the years tell me that they developed medical problems like hypertension and diabetes only after their injuries occurred, and many report weight gains of 15-20 pounds after the onset of their pain...
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Being healthy doesn’t just happen. It requires work and dedication. Likewise, effectively managing pain also takes special effort and commitment. When you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or back pain, you can’t expect to just wake up one day and be rid of all that ails you. No, in order to get chronic pain under better control, you need to invest in the process.
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It might be helpful to divide your pain treatment strategies into two categories- active and passive. Coming up with the right balance between these two types of approaches just might be the tipping point that you need to successfully control your pain and gain that boost in quality of life that you are looking for. 

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