If you suffer from widespread, ongoing musculoskeletal pain, it could be caused by fibromyalgia. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the skilled physicians can diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. They can reduce your discomfort and give you a better quality of life. Call the nearest office to make an appointment or book one online today.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic (ongoing) condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and other unpleasant symptoms. It increases pain by affecting the way your spinal cord and brain process pain signals. Fibromyalgia can weaken you physically, depress your mood, and affect your overall quality of life.
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain, cognitive problems, and long-lasting fatigue. You might also experience poor sleep quality and problems functioning at work or in relationships. Fibromyalgia can also cause or exacerbate depression and anxiety.
You can also experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ), headaches, joint problems, and painful bladder syndrome if you have fibromyalgia.
The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t entirely clear, but common risk factors often linked with the condition include:
You can experience fibromyalgia symptoms after physical trauma, a car accident, an infection, and undergoing surgery or psychological stress. Your symptoms can also show up gradually without a known cause.
To find out if you have fibromyalgia and develop an effective treatment, your Internal Medicine Practices specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam.
Your provider might recommend that you undergo blood tests or a sleep study to detect or rule out some of the underlying causes of your unpleasant symptoms.
Your personalized fibromyalgia treatment plan will depend on your unique situation. Your Internal Medicine Practices provider could suggest:
Things you can do at home to relieve fibromyalgia pain include:
Massage, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and tai chi are holistic remedies that reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
Taking prescribed medicine can ease fibromyalgia pain or other kinds of ongoing discomfort. Your provider will personalize a medication regimen that best matches your needs.
Your specialist could refer you to a physical or occupational therapist or to a counselor to reduce your fibromyalgia pain and give you a better quality of life.
If you suspect your or a loved one’s ongoing pain is caused by fibromyalgia, call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices location today or schedule an appointment online.