Fibromyalgia Clinic

In 2019 a collaboration between dr Salome Hoogendijk of Enhance Aesthetics (www.enhance-aesthetics.co.za), and dr Frits Hoogendijk, a specialist maxillo-facial and oral surgeon (www.theface.co.za) was launched.

Dr Salome Hoogendijk suffered from fibromyalgia for the greatest part of her adult life, causing her to cease private dental practice due to chronic pain as a result of the disorder. It lead to social isolation and the inability to enjoy even simple hobbies. Dr Frits Hoogendijk grew up with both his mother and sister suffering from the painful chronic condition.

Dr Salome tried most of the mainstream and alternative treatments to improve her symptoms and quality of life, with little success. Her own research to find a way to manage the disorder, has lead her to develop a customised treatment protocol along with her husband, dr Frits Hoogendijk. Their approach has allowed dr Hoogendijk to return to full time practice in aesthetic medicine, and has helped numerous patients to regain quality of life.

They have since started the Fibromyalgia Clinic to use their knowledge and experience to help other people suffering from fibromyalgia and polymyalgia.

Information on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time.

Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.Certain autoimmune disorders also make patients more prone to develop the disorder.

The pain and lack of sleep associated with fibromyalgia can interfere with your ability to function at home or on the job. The frustration of dealing with an often-misunderstood condition also can result in depression and health-related anxiety.

In the past, doctors would check 18 specific points on a person’s body to see how many of them were painful when pressed firmly. Newer guidelines don’t require a tender point exam. Instead, a fibromyalgia diagnosis can be made if a person has had widespread pain for more than three months — with no underlying medical condition that could cause the pain.