Though pain levels and sensations vary, fibromyalgia is like no other type of chronic pain condition. If you have fibromyalgia, you may describe your pain as deep, achy, and widespread. You feel discomfort in your muscles and joints.
But what if you have fibromyalgia back pain? It’s possible to have tender points in the back that are more sensitive. You can also have fibromyalgia back pain from an underlying condition such as ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that affects the spine and causes low back pain.
At Interventional Pain Associates in Austin, Texas, our pain management specialist, Dr. Sarosh Saleemi, is an expert at finding the root cause of fibromyalgia pain and helping her patients get relief.
Here, we want to talk about fibromyalgia back pain and what you can do to ease the discomfort.
Fibromyalgia and tender points
Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body. You feel the discomfort deep in your muscles and in your joints. But you can also have areas of tenderness in different parts of your body.
These tender points cause more surface-level pain—a discomfort you feel just under the skin, usually around joints. These areas of tenderness are small, but cause a shooting, severe sensation when pressed.
It’s not clear what causes these tender points, but they tend to occur in the same general areas on the body, including the back. And, they occur in symmetrical pairs. If you have fibromyalgia back pain from a tender point, your pain may affect two points on both sides of your spine in the mid to low back.
Fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis
It’s not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia to have co-occurring conditions. You’re at greater risk of developing fibromyalgia if you have a rheumatic disease, which is a condition that affects the joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a rheumatic disease that causes joint and ligament inflammation in the spine. This condition causes low back pain and stiffness, discomfort not directly related to your fibromyalgia, but a potential source of your back pain.
Easing fibromyalgia back pain
The secret to easing fibromyalgia back pain is finding the source of your pain. We take a holistic approach to your fibromyalgia, creating a plan that treats your whole body, not just your pain.
However, when it comes to fibromyalgia, we find the most success by focusing on finding the root cause of your pain. We then use a combination of treatments to ease your pain and improve your overall health.
Our secret to easing fibromyalgia back includes:
- Nutrition therapy
- Stress relief
- Intravenous nutrients and fluids
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Interventional pain management procedures
In order to ease your fibromyalgia back pain, we must determine the underlying cause. This not only benefits your back, but the pain throughout your body.
Fibromyalgia is a complex pain condition. If you have fibromyalgia pain that affects your back, or any other part of your body, we can help you get relief. Call our office or click the “book online” button to make an appointment today.