What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition similar to arthritis but is not considered a form of arthritis. This condition causes widespread pain, fatigue, tenderness and other conditions such as cognitive, memory, digestive problems. At Commonwealth Spine & Pain, we take fibromyalgia pain seriously and work with each individual patient to help them find relief from their pain. 

fibromyalgiaIt is estimated that there are more than 5 million adults affected by the condition in the United States, with an estimated 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients being women. Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus patients are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Studies show that stressors related to physical abuse and trauma seem to be shared among a large percentage of fibromyalgia patients. 

Symptoms often begin following an accident or other physical trauma, surgery, infection, or a significant psychological stress event. In other cases, symptoms seem to build over time. Research suggests that fibromyalgia amplifies pain sensations by how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals from the body.

Co-Existent Conditions

Fibromyalgia is commonly found to coexist with the following conditions:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Symptoms and Signs of Fibromyalgia

There are several common symptoms and signs of fibromyalgia, including:

  • Widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Problems thinking or concentrating
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Migraine Headaches

How Can A Pain Doctor Help?

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and the various symptoms can be debilitating for the patient.  A pain doctor is a good choice because they are experienced with conditions and diseases like fibromyalgia. Since it has been shown that exercise can help alleviate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, physical therapy may help. We can also help with the diagnosis by ruling out other conditions and diseases that cause similar symptoms. 

Contact the specialists at Commonwealth Spine & Pain for all your pain management needs.