Bay Natural Medicine

Minna Yoon, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist located in Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA

Fibromyalgia is commonly treated by Dr. Minna Yoon, ND, LAc at her practice, Bay Natural Medicine. Patients in the Inner Sunset and surrounding areas of San Francisco, California can receive quality naturopathic and acupuncture services to ease the pain of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What are fibromyalgia symptoms?

This chronic disorder is defined by its widespread musculoskeletal pain, and the holistic therapies used at our practice have been found to ease pain and other associated symptoms.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Widespread pain, occurring on both sides of the body, above and below the waist; lasting for at least three months
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Painful menstruation
  • Numbing and tingling in the extremities
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Focus and concentration difficulties

Although both men and children can experience fibromyalgia, nearly 80 to 90% of those who suffer from this disorder are women.

Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?

Sadly, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. It is a chronic and debilitating condition which can last a lifetime. On a positive note, fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease, meaning it does not worsen over time. It is not life-threatening and does not cause damage to the muscles, joints, or internal organs. Many people suffering from this condition find that their symptoms do improve over time.

How do I get diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is poorly understood by many medical professionals. Many people with this disease learn of their diagnosis after seeing multiple doctors from a variety of disciplines. This delay in diagnosis often occurs because the characteristic pain and fatigue that defines fibromyalgia is representative of many other disorders, too.

What are the fibromyalgia treatments?

Successful diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia may require a team approach, involving practitioners across many specialty areas. Your health care team may consist of a family doctor, a rheumatologist (a doctor specializing in treating arthritis and conditions that affect joints and soft tissues) and a pain specialist in addition to a naturopathic doctor, such as Dr. Minna Yoon in San Francisco, CA.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved three medications for treatment of fibromyalgia: duloxetine, milnacipran, and pregabalin. Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also find success with natural, holistic therapies, including acupuncture, massage, Pilates, herbs, and dietary supplements to alleviate different symptoms.