The widespread pain that accompanies fibromyalgia is just one reason living with the condition can be overwhelming. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, with offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, the team of pain management experts can make fibromyalgia easier to live with by providing relief from musculoskeletal pain. To get help, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can cause widespread muscle pain and sensitivity to touch, along with fatigue, sleep disturbances, mental fogginess, and mood issues, including depression and anxiety.
If you have fibromyalgia, your central nervous system is extremely sensitive, and your brain basically overreacts to pain signals, processing them more intensely than the average person. People with fibromyalgia have trigger points, areas on their bodies that are so tender that even light pressure can be painful. Trigger points are usually located on the back of the head, tops of the shoulders, upper chest, hips, knees, and outer elbows.
The characteristic pain of fibromyalgia is a constant dull ache felt on both sides of the body and above and below the waist. In addition to this dull ache, people with fibromyalgia can experience burning and stabbing pain. They may also feel like they’ve pulled or overworked their muscles, even when they’re at rest.
Fibromyalgia isn’t a life-threatening condition, and it doesn’t get worse over time. However, living with fibromyalgia can be very challenging.
Doctors and researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes fibromyalgia, but many believe it includes a combination of factors, such as:
Fibromyalgia tends to run in families, so you’re more likely to get it if a family member also has it.
Conditions such as arthritis and lupus, as well as certain infections, may trigger or complicate fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.
The key to understanding fibromyalgia is that it’s a result of how your brain processes pain signals. It’s not a disorder of the body parts where you may be experiencing fibromyalgia pain.
Though there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, treatment can help you manage the pain and improve your quality of life. Medications, including antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, and seizure medications, can help relieve pain, reduce fatigue, and help you sleep better.
In addition to medication, your doctor might recommend physical therapy to help reduce pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Your physical therapist will teach you gentle exercises and stretches to build your muscle strength and improve your flexibility and range of motion. You’ll also receive treatments like tissue massage and ice and heat packs to soothe your pain.
To get help managing your fibromyalgia pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Metro Pain and Vein Centers today.