Widespread pain, tenderness, fatigue and cognitive difficulties are the classic signs of fibromyalgia flare-ups. It’s a very common neurological health condition that affects over 3 million Americans each year. The Fibromyalgia Doctors at ISPM have treated a wide-range of fibromyalgia patients. Read on to learn more about the basics of managing this frustrating condition.
Quick Fibromyalgia Facts
Approximately 3% of adults are affected by fibromyalgia.
Women are more likely to experience fibromyalgia pain than men
There are no tests doctors can use to diagnoses fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is not an inflammation-based illness or an autoimmune disease
You are at a higher risk to develop fibromyalgia if you have a rheumatic disease (problems with joints, muscles and bones)
While there is no known cure, the Pain Physicians at ISPM have determined that, with proper pain management and self-care, you can improve your symptoms. Let’s get right into the best treatments to lessen fibromyalgia pain.
Physical exercise is one of the best-known fibromyalgia treatments. Regular exercise will reduce pain symptoms while also giving you more energy throughout the day. We understand that it takes time to commit to a comfortable routine, so get started slowly. Try out different activities such as walking, swimming, yoga, aerobics or other low-impact exercises to get you moving.
There are a variety of medications that can help control symptoms. There are medications that can help control pain levels and also block overactive nerve cells involved in pain transmission to the brain. Talk with the Pain Physician at ISPM to get a customized treatment plan.
Stress is a common trigger for pain. It’s critical to take time each day to relax so you can limit the onset of fibromyalgia flair-ups. Try deep breathing exercises, meditation or reflection methods as preventative treatment strategies. Along with relaxation, it’s important to keep a regular sleep routine. Getting enough sleep lets your body fully repair both physically and mentally.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
To fully treat fibromyalgia, you must also address the emotional and psychological aspects. Fibromyalgia, along with many other chronic pain conditions, also affects our mood, memory and other emotional functionality.
Fibromyalgia Doctor at ISPM
No one should have to go through chronic pain alone. The Pain Physicians at ISPM understand the battles you face every day. Call today to begin experiencing care from a team that will offer you the compassionate, cutting-edge care you need to manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
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