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Here at Achieve Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine here in St. Petersburg, Florida we have treated many people living with chronic pain. We know that it can be an overwhelming and exhausting experience. Unlike acute pain that is temporary, chronic pain persists for longer periods, often lasting for months or even years. It can significantly impact a person’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being, affecting their daily life and overall quality of life.

Individuals with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy face unique challenges as they navigate through the rollercoaster journey of pain and healing. Two very common disorders we see are Fibromyalgia and Peripheral Neuropathy.

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, digestive issues, and tenderness in specific areas of the body. It is often accompanied by sleep disturbances, mood disturbances, and cognitive difficulties or “brain fog.”

Peripheral neuropathy, on the other hand, refers to damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, leading to symptoms like tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected areas. Both these conditions can be debilitating and require specialized care and management.

Understanding the non-linear healing process of chronic pain recovery The healing process of chronic pain is a complex and non-linear journey. What do we mean by “non-linear”? Unlike acute pain, where there is a clear cause and effect relationship, chronic pain often lacks a straightforward resolution. It involves a multitude of factors, including physical, psychological, and social aspects. Understanding the non-linear nature of chronic pain recovery is crucial in managing expectations and developing effective treatment plans. Chronic pain recovery does not follow a linear progression from point A to point B. It is more like a rollercoaster ride, with ups and downs, twists and turns. Some days may bring relief and progress, while others may be filled with setbacks and frustration.

At Achieve Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Gibbons, Dr. Nino and their staff know these patterns of the healing process all too well. “We have numerous patients that have tried everything else with little or no relief before they come to us,” says Dr. Gibbons “We know that getting relief from pain that has been going on for months or years doesn’t go away over night or with a pill. There will be peaks and valleys but as we move through the treatment process we see less of those. Then we start to see more good days than bad days. Then we start to hear patients tell us their stories of them getting back to what they enjoyed doing in life.”

Call 727-272-3587 to schedule your consultation to see how we can help you get relief.