The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Treating Your Disorder
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Fatigue, sleepiness, memory loss, and mood imbalance often accompany fibromyalgia pain. Many researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way brain processes pain signals. Genetics, infections and physical and emotional trauma have been known to cause or aggravate fibromyalgia. While there is no cure, fibromyalgia can be treated. So, what are the symptoms of fibromyalgia and how can it be treated at Pain and Spine Specialists?
The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties characterize fibromyalgia. This widespread pain is often described as a constant, dull ache that can last for months on end. The pain and cramping often occur on bilateral sides of the body and above and below the waist. Sleep is often disrupted by pain and is accompanied by other sleeping disorders like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Patients with fibromyalgia also experience what is known as “fibro fog.” This means individuals with fibromyalgia often experience an inability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks. People with fibromyalgia may also experience other disorders including tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Many of the treatments for fibromyalgia include both medication and self-care. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, medications can also help reduce pain and work to improve sleep and fatigue. Pain relievers can decrease pain, but they may also lead to dependence or even worsen pain over time. Antidepressants can also work to ease pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Therapy can also help strengthen and subsequently decrease pain. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating habits, exercising regularly, acupuncture, massage, and yoga can help fibromyalgia symptoms.
For more information on treating your fibromyalgia, call Pain and Spine Specialists to make your appointment.
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Pain and Spine Specialists treats many conditions and injuries of the back, neck, and spine by taking a whole-person approach to care. Our focus is getting you back on your feet in good health. In Maryland call 301.703.8767, or call 724.603.3560 in Pennsylvania to make an appointment.