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Fibromyalgia Specialist

Ngugi Kinyungu, M.D. -  - Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist

ITAV Pain Management Practice of New York

Ngugi Kinyungu, M.D.

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in Nassau County, Plainview, NY

An estimated 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia. It’s a condition you can't easily or quickly test for that causes general pain and discomfort throughout your body with no end in sight. Dr. Ngugi Kinyungu at ITAV Pain Management helps affected men and women in Plainview, New York, and the surrounding communities manage their symptoms while offering practical ways of leading a healthy life with fibromyalgia. Call or book online to learn more.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects your soft tissue and muscles, causing widespread pain and tenderness. It’s a chronic health condition that’s often misdiagnosed as arthritis because the two conditions share such similar symptoms.

Dr. Kinyungu knows how to identify the two separately and recommends the most appropriate treatment plan to keep you healthy.

Unfortunately, there’s no known cure for fibromyalgia, though there are many ways of living comfortably with your symptoms. Dr. Kinyungu can help you understand how to best manage your symptoms.

Some doctors might tell you that fibromyalgia isn’t a real disease, but Dr. Kinyungu understands its real effects and won’t stop until you feel relief.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Each person reacts to fibromyalgia differently, though some symptoms are common consequences of the condition. More often than not, a pain signal misinterpretation in the brain is the cause of most of fibromyalgia symptoms. These include:  

  • Memory loss
  • Morning stiffness
  • Bladder issues
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Tenderness throughout the body
  • Muscle pain
  • Twitching, burning or tightness
  • Anxiety and depression

What causes fibromyalgia?

Just like there’s no known cure for fibromyalgia, doctors still don’t know what causes it. Dr. Kinyungu believes that a variety of factors contribute to the development of fibromyalgia, like a family history of chronic pain, a personal history of trauma and infections, and continuous high-stress levels.

Who is most likely to develop fibromyalgia?

Between 3-6% of the global population has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that women between the ages of 35 and 45 are more likely to develop it, as women have both more tender points than men and a more active hormonal life.

Nonetheless, fibromyalgia doesn’t exclusively affect women. It also targets men and children, specifically teenage girls and the elderly population. The older you get, the more vulnerable your soft tissue becomes to deterioration.

How do you treat fibromyalgia?

Dr. Kinyungu provides expert care to help you manage your fibromyalgia symptoms, individualizing treatment options according to your specific needs.  

Dr. Kinyungu recommends medical marijuana as a highly effective pain reliever. Through a combination of topical creams and multi-strain flower products, marijuana can significantly alleviate symptoms like chronic pain and headaches, stiffness, and mood dips.

Dr. Kinyungu might also recommend any of the following treatment options on their own or as a complement to medical marijuana:

  • Massage therapy
  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antiseizure medicine
  • Yoga and pilates  
  • Trigger point injections

Fibromyalgia can often feel like a hopeless condition, but it shouldn’t. Call or book an appointment online today at ITAV Pain Management to learn more about your treatment options.

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