Fibromyalgia pain: Not all in your head.
Fibromyalgia patients need long-term care.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is an arthritis-like condition characterized by neuromuscular pain and fatigue. The word fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. According to the latest statistics, about 6 million Americans have fibromyalgia, most of them females between 35 and 65. It is often referred to as a syndrome because it is a group of signs and symptoms that occur together.
Fibromyalgia was first described by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990 when rheumatologists presented their two main criteria for diagnosing it: history of pain (on both sides of the body, above and below the waist) for at least three months and pain in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites lined up symmetrically along the body.
The condition was surrounded by controversy for years, however, because those diagnosed have perfectly normal blood tests. Their symptoms are often similar to the symptoms present in lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and certain immune dysfunction diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Many physicians are unwilling or unable to treat fibromyalgia, and patients can get easily frustrated after being told that their pain and symptoms are “all in their heads.” The actual cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown despite years of intensive research. Recently, the FDA approved the medication Lyrica® for fibromyalgia patients. Other current treatment options for fibromyalgia include:
- Manual physical therapy & massage therapy techniques
- Medication management to diminish pain & improve sleep
- Exercise that gently stretches muscles & improves aerobic fitness
- Relaxation techniques to ease muscle tension, stress & anxiety
- Educational programs to help you understand & manage your fibromyalgia
At Comprehensive Pain Management in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, our doctors are dual board-certified anesthesiologists and fellowship-trained pain medicine specialists who treat many fibromyalgia patients. We have successfully reduced pain and symptoms and improved overall condition in over 75% of our fibromyalgia patients.
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Over the years, we have diagnosed and treated numerous painful physical conditions in thousands of patients. We have successfully controlled or eliminated their pain while improving their quality of life. We have helped people return to work, sports, activities, hobbies and lifestyles. Discover how we can help you, too.
Fibromyalgia Treatment in Baton Rouge, LA
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