The Circle Rehabilitation Fibromyalgia Clinic is a specialist service aimed at helping people manage the pain that they experience from fibromyalgia.
Our rehabilitation programmes are medically-led - your care and rehabilitation is overseen by one of our specialist rehabilitation consultants and physicians.
We understand that living with fibromyalgia can make even the simplest jobs overwhelming and tiring.
We know we can’t cure fibromyalgia, but we also know that there are tried and tested methods that can improve your quality of life. These include medications, injections and personalised physical therapy and rehabilitation plans.
At Circle Rehabilitation, we’ll build a tailored treatment programme around your individual circumstances. Our multidisciplinary team of fibromyalgia specialists have the skills to make a huge difference in managing your pain and significantly improving your quality of life.
Many fibromyalgia patients say that they have tried many things or even “everything” in their search for answers to their fibromyalgia problems. It’s time to see a doctor and a team who understand and knows how to treat your fibromyalgia effectively.
Circle Rehabilitation Birmingham is ideally placed in the West Midlands for people in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Stoke, Shrewsbury, Worcester and beyond. Our residential rehabilitation centre sees patients from across the UK.
We offer a holistic approach to fibromyalgia treatment that can help ease your pain.
The team at Circle Rehabilitation answer commonly asked questions about fibromyalgia, including causes, symptoms, and what treatments are available for fibromyalgia
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a persistent widespread pain disorder. It is one of the most common conditions seen in pain management and rheumatology clinics, second only to osteoarthritis and spinal pain. It causes chronic pain, impairing a patient’s ability to function and participate in everyday activities, affecting relationships with family and friends, and significantly impacting quality of life.
What does fibromyalgia feel like?
Fibromyalgia pain can often be unrelenting and debilitating.
It is experienced as generalised, head-to-toe aching or sometimes a burning sensation.
People say that the pain they experience from fibromyalgia can fluctuate at different times and can be experienced in different areas of the body.
How common is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is becoming increasingly common. Recent studies suggest up to 5% of the population is likely to suffer from the condition.
Fibromyalgia onset typically occurs in middle age, but it can be diagnosed in people of any age.
It is more common in women than in men.
Can fibromyalgia be cured?
Like other chronic conditions including diabetes, asthma, thyroid problems and hypertension, fibromyalgia cannot be cured. However, its symptoms can be managed to a great extent. A number of symptoms can be controlled very well.
At Circle Rehabilitation we work with you to help towards achieving your goals.
What symptoms are seen with fibromyalgia?
Typically, patients will have widespread pain in most parts of the body, including multiple tender points. Other symptoms include concentration and memory issues known as “fibrofog”, chronic fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
Along with this, people can have other symptoms such as migraines, facial pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), low mood, intolerance to cold, chest pain, widespread numbness and pins and needles, and chronic fatigue. All of these are referred to jointly as fibromyalgia syndrome.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Research would suggest that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system. There are multiple factors thought to contribute to the condition, though the exact cause is unknown.
MRI scans show changes in the brain and central nervous system, which may result in patients’ low pain threshold. There may be environmental, genetic, gender, hormonal, sleep disturbance or dietary factors that can affect the nervous system of some individuals, making them susceptible.
How do you diagnose fibromyalgia?
Three factors are needed for diagnosis of fibromyalgia:
- Pain present in both sides of the body and widespread across different locations in the body
- Symptoms and pain present for at least three months
- No other explanation of the pain is possible
Diagnosis should be accompanied by a thorough explanation of the condition, which acknowledges that the pain is real, not imagined.
Patients are most satisfied by explanations that remove blame, take into account psychological and biological factors, and suggest concrete ideas for management.
What is the best treatment for fibromyalgia?
No single treatment addresses every symptom. A variety of medications can be given alongside other treatments, which might include physiotherapy in the form of graded exercise therapy, and psychological therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment etc). Some people find that complementary therapies can be helpful.
With the right combination of therapies, the pain becomes less intense and is more manageable, enabling people to have better function and quality of life.
At Circle Rehabilitation, a personalised approach including any or all of the above options can be provided after initial consultation.
At our Fibromyalgia Clinic, part of our Circle Rehabilitation Centre, we take an individually focused approach to physiotherapy and rehab.
We offer you the chance to embark on a completely bespoke fibromyalgia treatment programme, which can start just 7-10 days after your first consultation.
When you come to Circle Rehabilitation, you’ll have access to the kind of state-of-the-art therapeutic and exercise equipment normally reserved for professionals athletes and the armed forces. We find our Hydro Physio aquatic treadmill can be particularly beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.
Our Fibromyalgia Clinic is home to a multidisciplinary team of specialists who believe in a holistic approach to treatment. So, as well as physical therapy and pain relief, we’ll also seek to address the other side effects and symptoms of fibromyalgia.
For example, many people find that their chronic pain can lead to fatigue, amplified by sleep problems. At Circle Rehabilitation, sleep hygiene and management will be addressed for every person.