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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia causes widespread aching, pain, and tenderness throughout the body. Not only can it cause sleeping problems, but it can also affect your mood, memory, and digestive symptoms. Fibromyalgia can make living life day-today more and more difficult. Learn more about fibromyalgia today — and call us if you need help. 

Fibromyalgia

Dr. Saleemi explains in her study over fibromyalgia that it is a soft-tissue disorder characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal pain, and specific tender points when examined. When a person has fibromyalgia, they typically have chronic pain widespread throughout the body. It’s a long-lasting disorder that creates muscle pain and weakness throughout the body.

Symptoms

Pain with fibromyalgia can be widespread throughout the entire body, but it can come with other symptoms. The common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

Fatigue: when you’re constantly lethargic or sleepiness

Sleep problems: waking during the night because of pain or co-occurring sleep disorders, like sleep-apnea

Cognitive impairment: trouble remembering things or concentrating 

Mood issues: like depression and anxiety

Digestive disorders: gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome or gastroesophageal reflux disease

Medical News Today also details other symptoms to include:

Chronic fatigue syndrome – this can cause mental and/or physical fatigue, but it doesn’t improve no matter how much rest you get. 

Endometriosis – endometriosis is a painful disorder where tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows on the outside. It involves ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue lining the pelvis. 

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) – TMJ is most common when patients suffer a jaw injury, grinds their teeth, or have misaligned teeth. 

Vulvodynia – this is a chronic pain affecting the vulvar area, typically itching or feeling a burning sensation. 

Symptoms can also flare up during certain parts of the menstrual cycle, stress, and changes in weather. 

Who’s at Risk?

Fibromyalgia can target anyone, however, it’s more common in middle-aged women. It is said to affect up to 4% of Americans, but 90% of those who suffer from it are women. 

Diagnosis

At this time, there is no lab work able to diagnose fibromyalgia. Doctors will rule out your symptoms to be other diseases before giving you a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Doctors will look for pain that has lasted more than three month and pain in 11 of the 18 tender point sites throughout the body, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. 

How to Treat Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is treated at Interventional Pain Associates with care. Working from a holistic approach, the patient will be treated individually based on their needs. There are many different therapeutic techniques that can relieve pain. Treatment options for fibromyalgia at Interventional Pain Associates are: 

Interventional procedures: pain management using anesthetic medicine injections, steroid therapy, spinal cord stimulation, and drug delivery systems to specific areas of the body

Physical therapy: we will manipulate the body using stretching, massage, and other techniques to help relieve pain

Medication management: using certain medications in the right dosage can help support your overall healing

Psychological healing: In some cases, chronic pain can take a toll on a patient’s mental health. The psychological effects of chronic pain may warrant us to also suggest a patient include therapies like biofeedback, counseling, or relaxation techniques. 

Fibromyalgia pain can also be managed through making lifestyle changes, like exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet. It’s also important to get enough sleep and reduce stress.

Fight Fibromyalgia with Interventional Pain Associates 

Interventional Pain Associate’s approach will focus on physical, social, and psychological health. Working with you one-on-one to help you through your fibromyalgia to find pain relief and manage your chronic pain. Request an appointment to begin fighting your chronic pain as soon as possible.

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