Fibromyalgia pain interferes with the lives of more than 4 million adults in the United States. At Integrity Pain Consultants, with five offices in Cookeville, Hermitage, Nashville, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, pain management specialist Kenneth Homolya, MD, understands how overwhelming fibromyalgia symptoms feel. Dr. Homolya offers comprehensive care and support to help you find relief from persistent pain, customizing a treatment plan that focuses on your unique needs. To find out more about available fibromyalgia treatments, schedule a consultation online or by phone at the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you today.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain throughout the body. The condition may be the result of an increased sensitivity to pain that affects how your brain processes pain signals from your nerves.
In many cases, symptoms of fibromyalgia appear after a surgery, a serious infection, or following trauma. You can also develop fibromyalgia-related pain due to extreme stress. For some, the root cause of fibromyalgia isn’t clear.
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain that lasts for at least three months and typically occurs on both sides of your body. Because of the chronic pain, many people with fibromyalgia also experience:
You may also experience fibromyalgia pain in conjunction with other painful disorders, such as painful bladder syndrome or migraines.
The goal of a diagnostic evaluation for fibromyalgia is to rule out underlying health issues that can cause pain lasting three months or longer. This may involve blood tests to determine if you have a thyroid disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, or an infection.
Your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants also reviews your personal and family medical history and physically examines areas of pain to identify abnormalities like swelling or redness.
Treating fibromyalgia often starts with lifestyle changes that help you strengthen your muscles and improve your overall health. Your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants may recommend physical therapy and stress-reduction therapies, like massage or yoga, to prevent a worsening of your pain.
If conservative therapies aren’t enough to ease chronic pain, your provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to ensure you can stay physically active. Integrity Pain Consultants also offers in-office trigger point injections, which contain an anesthetic medication to numb trigger points, or areas of overly tight, tender muscles.
You may also benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you cope with fibromyalgia and learn techniques to keep you from becoming overstressed. CBT can also reduce risk factors for depression and other mental health issues that can result from the persistent pain of fibromyalgia.
If you have chronic, widespread pain that’s not improving with home care, schedule a fibromyalgia evaluation at the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you by phone or online today.