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Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood chronic pain condition that can cause severe disruption to your life. At Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Houston, Texas, the team provides personalized, multidisciplinary treatments to reduce your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or make an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Relief In Houston & The Woodlands

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction measures also may help.

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FIBROMYALGIA

Symptoms

  • Widespread pain. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
  • Fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties. A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention, and concentrate on mental tasks.
  • Other problems. Many people who have fibromyalgia also may experience depression, headaches, and pain or cramping in the lower abdomen.

FIBROMYALGIA

Suspected Causes

Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include:

  • Genetics. Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
  • Infections. Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  • Physical or emotional trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder has been linked to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain throughout your body, as well as fatigue and other cognitive symptoms. Fibromyalgia might be due to abnormal neurological activity that affects the way your brain processes pain signals.

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have a specific cause. Some people develop the condition after physical trauma or following significant psychological stress. Others don’t have a discernible trigger for their symptoms.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Widespread, multi-site musculoskeletal pain is the hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia. It causes regions of pain that are sometimes called “trigger points” or “tender points.” In addition to pain, fibromyalgia also causes:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Nonrestorative sleep
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Reduced concentration
  • Dull ache or pain in the lower abdomen
  • Dry eyes
  • Bladder problems

Many patients who have fibromyalgia also suffer from chronic tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

There isn’t a specific test for fibromyalgia. However, the diligent team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers provides physical exams and testing to rule out other conditions that could cause your symptoms. They don’t give up until they identify the root cause of your pain and other symptoms so that they can provide the best possible treatment.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have a cure. However, the team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers offers personalized treatment plans to address your symptoms, reduce your pain, and restore your quality of life. Everyone experiences fibromyalgia differently, and the team works tirelessly to find the best combination of treatments for you.

Depending on your needs, your treatment plan could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Manual therapies
  • Laser therapy
  • Truflex® joint supplements
  • nutraMetrix® supplements

Your provider might also recommend dietary adjustments and other complementary therapies to enhance your overall health and wellness. For example, many people find that practicing meditation, yoga, or tai chi helps them manage their symptoms.

Others find that mental health counseling helps them cope with the emotional and psychological symptoms of fibromyalgia. Your provider might teach you some stress-reduction exercises.

If you’re concerned about fibromyalgia, call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers, or make an appointment online today.

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