Nearly four million women and men in the United States suffer from the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Similar to arthritis, fibromyalgia affects mostly middle-aged women and doesn’t have a cure. To get help managing your fibromyalgia, call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at Carolina Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Fibromyalgia is a collection of seemingly related symptoms that have no identified cause. Primarily associated with widespread pain, and accompanied by isolated tender spots and other symptoms, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. The symptoms of fibromyalgia typically come and go.
Besides pain in your muscles, joints, and other soft tissues and isolated sore areas, the symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
The most common method of diagnosing fibromyalgia is to check 18 points on your body by pressing firmly to see how many are painful. If you feel pain in at least five spots, and you’ve suffered from widespread aches with no medical cause for longer than three months, you could receive a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Dr. Michael Blubaugh and Dr. Sanjay Kumar also follow the most up-to-date guidelines. This newer checklist permits a fibromyalgia diagnosis if the doctors can’t find an underlying medical cause for the widespread pain you’ve suffered with for more than three months.
Blood tests can rule out other, similar conditions, including thyroid issues and infectious diseases.
There’s no cure for fibromyalgia, so the medical care you receive manages the syndrome. Your treatment plan for fibromyalgia depends on several factors, including:
Treatment for fibromyalgia can involve drug-free options like lifestyle changes or medications.
Before prescribing medicines, Dr. Blubaugh and Dr. Kumar at Carolina Medical Center might ask if you want to try proven, drug-free treatment options including:
They might also suggest trying cognitive-behavioral therapy. For this treatment, mental health professionals recommend methods to help you filter out negative thoughts, recognize your triggers, and set limits to keep your symptoms in check.
If drug-free treatments don’t help manage your fibromyalgia symptoms, Dr. Blubaugh and Dr. Kumar prescribe medications:
Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium help ease fibromyalgia discomfort.
Some antidepressants ease the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia while also promoting better sleep.
A few epilepsy drugs also treat fibromyalgia symptoms.
If your muscles, tendons, and joints hurt from fibromyalgia, call or make an appointment online today at Carolina Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina.