Get A Clear Diagnosis For Chronic Pain With Apex!

What is it?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes long-lasting, widespread pain all over the body. This affects about 4 million people in the United States, or approximately 2% of the national population. Doctors have not yet identified a specific cause for fibromyalgia, but by recognizing the symptoms and continuing to closely work with each patient, we can diagnose and manage the condition. 

What is fibromyalgia linked to?

Although the cause of fibromyalgia isn’t known, doctors believe that it is a type of interference with the way that the brain processes pain signals. This condition can affect anyone regardless of age, but older individuals are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Similarly, individuals who have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to develop fibromyalgia than those who do not. Research also indicates that this condition is more common in women than it is in men. Additionally, fibromyalgia could also potentially be linked to other factors such as genetics, obesity, certain infections, physical or emotional trauma, and injury from repetitive stress on joints. 

There are a range of treatments available for individuals who wish to manage their fibromyalgia. Your provider will likely make an individualized care plan, which can consist of methods such as medication, therapy, exercise, and various relaxation techniques. 

If you believe you might be struggling with fibromyalgia, please reach out to Apex Interventional Pain & Spine today! Our team would be happy to assist you on your journey back to complete comfort. 

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Individuals with this condition experience pain and stiffness throughout their body. They likely struggle with sleep, resulting in fatigue. Fibromyalgia can also cause headaches and migraines, bouts of constipation and diarrhea as well as issues with concentration and memory. Symptoms also include tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, as well as digestive issues.