Fibromyalgia — overview and treatment methods

Fibromyalgia is a disease that creates widespread pain in the musculoskeletal system. Patients with fibromyalgia might experience chronic pain and tingling in the body, accompanied by fatigue, stress and trouble with memory.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you understand the chronic pain and discomfort that has taken over your daily life. At Laser Spine Institute, we want to help you find a treatment option to alleviate your pain. While there is no treatment for fibromyalgia itself, the symptoms can be curbed with several conservative treatment options. Please note, we do not treat fibromyalgia at Laser Spine Institute, but we can discuss with you the details of your condition and help you find a treatment option to reduce your pain so you can regain your life.

Causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia

Some people develop fibromyalgia as a result of something that has happened in their lives, such as an infection, disease or failed surgery. Other people develop fibromyalgia over time with no known trigger. There are several causes for the condition, but these are the most common:

  • Genetics — Many physicians and researchers believe that genetics may play a huge factor in people who develop fibromyalgia. Additionally, women are more likely to develop the condition than men.
  • Infections — Certain diseases may trigger the development of fibromyalgia. While this research is ongoing and currently inconclusive, doctors believe that certain conditions may trigger the fibromyalgia gene and begin the development of that disease.
  • Trauma — Both emotional and physical trauma seem to be linked to the development of this condition. Additionally, people with anxiety and depression are more likely to develop fibromyalgia, although anxiety and depression are not leading factors in the development of this condition.

Much like other spine conditions, fibromyalgia can show different symptoms in each patient, depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is ongoing, radiating pain and discomfort throughout the musculoskeletal system. The most common type of pain seen accompanying this condition is a dull and constant myofascial pain.

Treatment methods to alleviate pain of fibromyalgia

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are several conservative treatment methods that help curb the pain associated with the disease. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, we encourage you to speak with your physician about trying one of these treatment options:

  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga
  • Stretches
  • Acupuncture

For more information about treatment options available to you, contact our care team to help make the best decision for your health needs.