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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, disabling condition that affects around 12 million people in the United States. If you’re reaching the end of your endurance trying to cope with fibromyalgia pain, the experienced pain management team led by Dr. Bootstaylor at Life Balance Pain Care (LBPC) can help. With their expertise, you can find ways to manage your fibromyalgia with treatments personalized to your lifestyle and individual needs.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread chronic pain throughout the whole body. If you have fibromyalgia, you may feel constant pain and discomfort in muscles and connective tissues, as well as chronic fatigue and other symptoms, including problems sleeping, headaches, and depression. 

Another typical symptom is sometimes referred to as “fibro fog,” which causes sufferers to have difficulties concentrating or remembering things. 

Pain associated with untreated fibromyalgia can interfere with your ability to function well at your job. It can also lead to anxiety or depression. 

What can cause fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t fully understood yet, although new information about the condition is continually coming to light thanks to extensive research.

There could be connections between chronic inflammation and neuropathic pain. People who have fibromyalgia feel pain even though there’s no identifiable tissue damage, which is a typical symptom of neuropathic pain.

There may be a genetic influence as well because people with fibromyalgia often have close family members who also suffer from the condition. Women are more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia. Having arthritis also increases your risk.

Is there a test that diagnoses fibromyalgia?

There isn’t a test for fibromyalgia. The pain of fibromyalgia affects the whole body, which isn’t typical of other conditions.

One characteristic feature of fibromyalgia is the predictable response of applied pressure to precise points around the body. These pressure points, if found, may provide evidence to support a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

What therapies are effective for managing fibromyalgia?

Presently there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but the team at LBPC provides effective relief to help manage the condition with a number of therapeutic options. 

Your pain specialist may recommend:

  • Stress management
  • Regular exercise
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Healthy weight management
  • Avoiding tobacco 
  • Limiting caffeine
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Medications

Your specialist works with you to develop a pain management treatment that matches your needs, lifestyle, and preferences.

If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or suspect you have it, contact pain management specialists at LBPC to schedule an appointment.