If you have widespread pain without a known cause, it could be due to fibromyalgia. At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the interventional spine and pain management specialists offer fibromyalgia treatments that ease bothersome discomfort and improve your quality of life. Call the office to learn more about your options, or use the online booking feature today.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal discomfort, along with fatigue, memory, sleep, or mood issues. The condition appears to increase pain sensations by affecting the way your spinal cord and brain process pain signals. Symptoms range in severity from mild to severe, and sometimes they can even be crippling.
The common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
Your symptoms may appear after surgery, an infection, physical trauma, or psychological stress. When left untreated, fibromyalgia can interfere with your ability to function well at home or work.
While the cause of fibromyalgia isn’t entirely clear, it could result because of repeated nerve stimulation and, therefore, changes in the way your brain and spinal cord process pain. Risk factors for developing the condition include a family history of fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus, infections, and physical or emotional stress. Women are more likely than men to have it.
To diagnose fibromyalgia, your pain specialist checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and asks questions about your symptoms and medical history. They may recommend blood tests or imaging procedures to detect or rule out additional problems.
The most common treatments for fibromyalgia discomfort are healthy lifestyle changes, oral medications, ketamine infusions, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Your specialist may recommend therapeutic massage, therapy, yoga, Tai chi, or other stress-reducing techniques, as well as IV vitamin infusions, medical cannabis, or nutraceuticals.
It’s important to eat nutritious foods, get plenty of sleep and regular exercise, and maintain an ideal body weight. Avoid using tobacco and drinking alcohol in excess. It’s also important to limit your caffeine intake.
The Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics team tailors a fibromyalgia treatment plan that’s best suited to your personalized needs and alters your treatment plan if needed to enhance pain relief. You may need more than one treatment to reap the most health and wellness benefits.
To ease fibromyalgia discomfort, schedule an appointment at Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics by phone or online today.