About four million adults in the United States live with the chronic, widespread pain of fibromyalgia. To help you manage your pain effectively, the team at California Pain Medicine Center offers conservative solutions at the office in Santa Monica, California. The pain management specialists design a treatment plan to relieve pain and help improve your cognitive function using medications, physical therapy, and psychotherapy. You don’t have to manage fibromyalgia symptoms alone. Call California Pain Medicine Center today to schedule a consultation for fibromyalgia or schedule an appointment online.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. You might also experience persistent fatigue and cognitive issues that negatively affect your sleep, moods, and memory.
The root cause of fibromyalgia isn’t well understood, but repeated nerve stimulation may change the function of your brain and spinal cord. The changes may cause abnormal levels of certain brain chemicals that trigger pain signals.
You may be at increased risk for fibromyalgia due to your genetics or because of a history of infections or prolonged psychological or physical stress. Women are also at a higher risk for fibromyalgia than men.
In addition to pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues, many people with fibromyalgia also develop co-occurring disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, and temporomandibular joint disorders. These issues may trigger mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
To determine whether your pain may be due to fibromyalgia, the team at California Pain Medicine Center offers comprehensive physical exams to identify areas of pain. They also discuss the length of time you’ve been experiencing pain and other symptoms.
Blood tests can rule out infections and identify other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to fibromyalgia.
If you meet the criteria for fibromyalgia, the pain management team customizes a treatment plan to your needs. They focus on relieving your pain and preventing a worsening of your condition.
Your initial treatment plan for fibromyalgia may include over-the-counter medications to relieve your pain. The team may also prescribe antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs that can help control fibromyalgia symptoms.
Physical therapy may be beneficial for keeping your body strong and functional. On-site therapy services focus on long-term pain relief and reducing your risk for worsening symptoms.
Because fibromyalgia pain can have a significant impact on both your physical and mental health, the team at California Pain Medicine Center also provides counseling and psychotherapy services to help you cope with the effect the disorder has on your quality of life.
If you need help managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, call California Pain Medicine Center to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.