Fibromyalgia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions that doctors still work to figure out, while millions of people have to battle its symptoms. It is a long-term condition with no known cure. However, the doctors at our Greenville pain center can help you find relief from the symptoms and regain your zest for life.

Let us explain what you need to know about the condition you are living with and how we can help you find relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.

What Exactly Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of the nervous system causing widespread pain in the muscles and skeleton. One of the ways in which the condition makes the symptoms worse is by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.

It is not clear what causes fibromyalgia, but doctors have a set of data to work on when looking for the ultimate cause. They have found that:

  • Fibromyalgia often runs in families, so there is a clear genetic factor
  • Its onset is a significant traumatic event – either physical trauma, infection or emotional trauma
  • Women tend to be more affected by this condition than men
  • People over 40 are more likely to be affected by fibromyalgia than younger age groups

Risk Factors for Developing Fibromyalgia

Beside the findings presented above, doctors have also identified other conditions which make it more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Most of them are autoimmune or degenerative conditions:

At the same time, depression, anxiety and high levels of stress are recognized risk factors that may trigger the onset of fibromyalgia.

Most Frequent Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The most common symptom of this condition is pain appearing randomly all over the body, in the muscles, bones and joints. The pain can appear in various body parts at the same time and patients describe it as a sensation of burning, aching or throbbing.

fibromyalgia causes pain in various parts of the body

The pain is generally accompanied by constant fatigue and trouble sleeping. Also, many patients complain of “fibro fog” – an inability to pay attention, focus and concentrate on mental tasks.

Alongside the common symptoms of fibromyalgia, many patients also have to live with:

  • Migraines
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Muscle and joint stiffness
  • Heightened sensitivity to light, noise, odor and temperature variations
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome (abnormal increase in the heart rate when standing up or sitting down).

Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia Patients

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, if you come to our Greenville pain center, our doctors will create a personalized therapy plan to control your symptoms and enjoy life to the full.

This therapy plan may include:

Medication Management

Prescription medications such as antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs are sometimes effective in managing pain and other symptoms. However, these drugs must be carefully dosed and taken under a doctor’s monitoring.

Our team will make sure that the medications we prescribe are effective, in safe dosages and do not interfere with other prescribed drugs you are taking for other conditions.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic is extremely effective in managing chronic pain caused by various problems of the nervous system. Adjustments of the spine release pressure from nerves running through the spinal cord and improve the way the brain sends messages to various parts of your body.

Patients who receive chiropractic treatment often experience improvements in immunity, digestive processes and other functions of the body.

Physical Therapy

Our experienced physical therapists will teach you exercises you can perform on a daily basis. Doctors have found that patients who stay active see an improvement in cognitive issues and sleep quality and lower pain levels.

Our Doctors at the Greenville Pain Center Can Help You Improve Your Quality of Life!

Fibromyalgia may not have a treatment, but you have the option to regain control over your body and enjoy your life. The multidisciplinary team at our Greenville pain center can help you manage pain and other impairing symptoms through a careful assessment of your condition.

Do not let a health condition define you and limit your life. Call us today at: 864-513-8950!