By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects about 10 million people in the U.S., and although the condition is most common among women, anyone of any age can be affected. One of the problems with fibromyalgia is that it can be very difficult to diagnose – and as a result, many people may be living with fibromyalgia who have not yet been properly diagnosed with the condition.
What causes fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn’t completely understood, which only adds to the difficulties in obtaining an accurate and timely diagnosis. Some researchers think painful symptoms are triggered by an injury or illness that causes the body’s pain signaling system to perpetually “misfire,” which means the body thinks it is experiencing pain even after the initial injury has healed or subsided. Others think the condition develops when the body’s nervous system becomes “confused” over how to recognize and react to stimuli, which means painful symptoms can be triggered even by a gentle touch or from normal, everyday activities. And still other researchers think the condition may be related to genetics or stress.
Fibromyalgia can also “look” different in different people. While many people with fibromyalgia have tender spots or trigger points that feel painful to the touch, other fibromyalgia sufferers may have more diffuse symptoms including joint pain that can be very similar to arthritis, but without the joint damage that’s caused by that condition. And some people with fibromyalgia have other symptoms that seem to be completely separate from their pain, including:
- Chronic fatigue
- Bowel problems
- Persistent headaches
- Difficulty sleeping
- Anxiety or depression
Most people who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from a comprehensive approach to pain management that includes lifestyle changes, therapeutic exercises, medication and stress management activities. However, the Minimally Invasive Pain Relief Team has effective fibromyalgia treatment plans that improve function and lessen pain.
Patients with painful trigger points often find considerable relief through injections of medications designed to relieve pain as well as resolve associated inflammation, and some patients find therapeutic massage to be helpful in stimulating circulation and “loosening” knotted muscle fibers. Since fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and symptoms often change over time, many patients may need ongoing treatment to keep pain and related issues under control.
Find out more.
As with most types of chronic pain, the key to fast, meaningful relief is to begin treatment as soon as possible – and that starts with an office visit. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or if you suffer from debilitating chronic pain symptoms, visit https://mipainrelief.com or call Minimally Invasive Pain Relief at 877-504-9759 today and request a personal consultation and evaluation to learn about therapeutic pain management interventions that can help you feel better and get back to the life you love.
At Minimally Invasive Pain Relief, our team is dedicated to identifying the specific causes of pain using state-of-the-art pain mapping and other advanced techniques so your treatment can be tailored for your needs. Our custom approach to care means you can expect optimal results for long-lasting relief, helping you get back to the activities you love. If you suffer from chronic pain, visit https://mipainrelief.com/ or call Minimally Invasive Pain Relief at 877-504-9759 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you feel better.
Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute
Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.