Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which people experience long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. For some sufferers, symptoms improve over time. For others, symptoms may worsen over the years. The key to finding relief from fibromyalgia is seeking professional help, which includes a multi-faceted approach to the management and treatment of the disease.

At Wellquest Health, we understand how life-altering and debilitating fibromyalgia can be, and we are here to help you feel better. We have experienced doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists who are experts in treating fibromyalgia. Upon doing a complete evaluation and assessing your symptoms, our staff can provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you manage your condition, which may include medication and physical therapy as well as at-home measures to help you self-manage your condition.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

Unfortunately, the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. Men and women of all ages get fibromyalgia, but the disorder is most common among women aged 20 to 50.

Although none have been well proven, possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:

  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • An abnormal pain response
  • Sleep disturbances
  • An infectious microbe, such as a virus. At this point, no such virus or microbe has been identified

What are the symptoms?

The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is pain, specifically found in tender points, which are areas of soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, lower back, hops, shins, elbows and knees. Pain may be deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and may range from mild to severe. For some patients, pain improves during the day and increases again during the evening, though many patients have non-stop pain throughout the day.

Fatigue and sleep problems are also seen in most patients with fibromyalgia. Many complain that they can't fall asleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up in the morning.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Memory difficulties and problems thinking clearly
  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Depression or sad mood
  • Tension or migraine headaches

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a history of at least three months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites.

In some cases, laboratory and x-ray tests will be performed to help confirm the diagnosis by ruling out other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Treatment involves alleviating pain and other symptoms as well as helping patients manage the condition at home. There are many psychological and emotional symptoms, so cognitive therapy, support groups or antidepressants may be prescribed.

At Wellquest Health, we provide a variety of treatments to fibromyalgia patients, including:

  • Physical therapy, exercise and methods for reducing stress
  • Chiropractic care
  • Injection therapy
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Medication therapy with antidepressant or muscle relaxants
  • Referrals for cognitive-behavioral therapy, which help with coping skills

How can I relieve my pain or manage my fibromyalgia at home?

There are several things you can do to minimize or reduce the frequency of your pain, and to increase your chances of feeling better. Some good strategies include:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding caffeine may help with problems sleeping, and may help reduce the severity of the symptoms
  • Lifestyle measures to improve the quality of sleep
  • Reducing stress and improving coping skills may also help reduce painful symptoms
  • Improved fitness through exercise is recommended
  • Enroll in cognitive therapy and/or support groups (we can provide referrals)

Can I prevent fibromyalgia?

There is no proven prevention for this disorder. However, over the years, the treatment and management of the disease have improved.

Call us today!

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or have been experiencing ongoing, chronic pain for more than three months, call us today at (321) 559-1800 to schedule an appointment. We are experts in pain relief who understand and care about how you feel, and we can provide you personalized treatment to help improve your symptoms and more easily manage your condition!

 

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We offer Fibromyalgia treatment for patients in Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Gainseville, and surrounding Central Florida communities.