Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain throughout your body. This pain may be the result of dysfunction in the way your brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia may amplify pain signals, and you may experience pain at the slightest touch.
In many cases, fibromyalgia symptoms begin after a physically or emotionally traumatic event. Some people even develop fibromyalgia after surgery.
The hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain on both sides of your body. You may experience a dull ache or a more serious pain. This pain must last for at least three months to be considered fibromyalgia.
In addition to pain, you may experience chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness if your pain disrupts your sleep.
Fibromyalgia can also cause cognitive issues that make it difficult to pay attention or concentrate on your usual tasks.
People often experience other chronic conditions alongside fibromyalgia, such as:
If you have unexplained pain and other symptoms that aren’t getting better, call DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness to schedule a diagnostic evaluation.
To help you manage and cope with the widespread pain of fibromyalgia, the team at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness customizes a treatment plan to your needs.
Initial treatment for fibromyalgia pain includes pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. If over-the-counter medicines aren’t effective on your pain, your provider can prescribe a stronger medication.
Physical therapy is also available on-site to help you improve muscle strength and overall flexibility. Your provider can recommend other strategies to help you manage your condition in the long term. This may include learning stress management techniques to help you stay relaxed.
If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, your DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness physician can design a treatment plan to help improve your sleep quality. The team can also suggest lifestyle changes you need to make to prevent flare-ups of fibromyalgia pain. They may also refer you for counseling to address coexisting issues like anxiety and depression.
If you’re unable to stay physically active because of the constant pain of fibromyalgia, call the DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness office nearest you or book an appointment online today.