Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, excessive sleeping, difficulty with memory, and mood shifts.
Comprehensive pain management is vital to a patient’s healing process. Our doctors can thoroughly evaluate your pain symptoms in order to accurately diagnose the cause. We will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will effectively address your pain.
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It is believed that Fibromyalgia amplifies the pain signals released through the brain, intensifying the pain sensations in your body.
Symptoms may begin after a physical trauma, such as a surgery or infection. Sometimes they present after psychological stress as well. But it is not uncommon for symptoms to gradually appear over time, without a single catalyst event.
Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases are also susceptible. Many people experience tension headaches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), anxiety, and/or depression.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medication therapy (in addition to restful sleep and proper diet and exercise) can help you manage the symptoms.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can include:
- Tender points on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Painful menstrual periods
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:
- We take your medical history
- We conduct a thorough physical exam
- We carefully analyze your symptoms
- We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, and nerve conduction studies, to help us diagnose your chronic pain
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We are dedicated to the provide the highest quality of patient care and services. We truly have each individuals comfort in mind.
At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.