Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. People with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are particularly likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medicine can help you manage your symptoms. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well may also help.
Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can include:
- Tender points on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Painful menstrual periods
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
Diagnosis Of Fibromyalgia
Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:
- We take your medical history
- We conduct a thorough physical exam
- We carefully analyze your symptoms
- We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, and nerve conduction studies, to help us diagnose your chronic pain
Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will be successful for your chronic pain.
Possible Treatments For Fibromyalgia
We offer many different treatments to address the pain caused by fibromyalgia. Treatments include:
- Injection therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Trigger point injection
- Epidural steroid injection
- Occipital nerve block
- Alternative therapies
- Medication management