Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. The pain often manifests as tenderness along multiple muscle regions, sometimes referred to as “trigger points.” Primary symptoms also include general fatigue, sleep problems and cognitive difficulties (for example, difficulty concentrating). Fibromyalgia often co-exists with one or more of the following conditions: depression, anxiety, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorders and painful bladder syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Researchers believe that it may be caused by dysfunction in how the brain and spinal cord process incoming nerve signals from your body, resulting in amplification of both painful and nonpainful sensations. This may explain why it often presents with diverse symptoms.
There is no specific lab test or image that can diagnose fibromyalgia. Instead, it is diagnosed using guidelines developed by the American College of Rheumatology, after other conditions with similar symptoms have been ruled out.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach focused on reducing symptoms and improving general health. This usually involves medications to reduce pain and improve sleep; physical/occupational therapy to improve strength and stamina; psychological counseling to develop stress-reducing strategies; and lifestyle changes to improve overall health. At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your specific symptoms and needs.
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