Aching Joints and Widespread Pain: Fibromyalgia

If you suffer from aching joints, widespread pain, and fatigue no matter how much you rest, you could be suffering from fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, you can find relief with Dr. Sarosh Saleemi at Interventional Pain Associates in Austin, Texas. Using traditional pain management techniques, her expertise in fibromyalgia has helped many patients who suffer from this condition. 

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic neurologic condition that causes patients to feel widespread pain in the body. For some patients, the pain comes and goes, for others the pay may radiate from one part of the body to another. However, along with the pain, some patients feel crushing fatigue. Further, sleep, mood, and memory problems often come along with fibromyalgia. 

The Center for Disease Control explains that fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body. In addition, sleep problems, fatigue, and emotional and mental distress can accompany the pain. Those who suffer from this condition might also be more sensitive to pain than people without it, a sensation known as abnormal pain perception processing. 

Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, and while the cause is it not known, it can be effectively treated and managed. 

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The main symptom is feeling widespread, chronic pain all over the body, however, it can produce other symptoms. Additionally, symptoms could be:

In previous years, people were diagnosed with this if they had tenderness in at least 11 out of 18 specific trigger points. For example, common trigger points were:

However, in modern care, these trigger points are no longer part of the diagnostic process. 

If you suffer from aching joints, widespread pain, and fatigue no matter how much you rest, you could be have this diagnosis.

Treatment Options

At Interventional Pain Associates, treatment begins with full understanding of your symptoms and what your goals are. Our doctor, Dr. Saleemi, is a firm believer in a holistic approach to pain management, where she treats each patient as a whole person with unique needs.

In her research on fibromyalgia, Dr. Saleemi has discovered many different therapeutic techniques that help with pain relief and long-term healing. Further, all of your treatments are carried out in the Interventional Pain Associates office, and could include: 

Since chronic pain can also produce profound psychological effects, your treatment plan might also include therapies like biofeedback, individual or group counseling, and relaxation techniques. Using traditional pain management techniques can help many patients who suffer from this chronic condition.

Make an Appointment with Interventional Pain Associates

If you are ready to find relief from your chronic pain, make an appointment with Interventional Pain Associates. With an approach to care that focuses on your entire health – physical, social, and psychological – Dr. Saleemi will work with you one-on-one to help you manage your fibromyalgia pain. Call us now at (512)-795-7575 or request an appointment online.

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