Fibromyalgia — overview and treatment methods

Fibromyalgia is a condition that describes 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.

Causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia

Some people develop fibromyalgia in relationship to an event, 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 they are not leading factors in the development of this condition.

Much like certain degenerative 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, which is pain related to sensitive trigger points on the body.


While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are several conservative treatment methods that help curb the pain associated with the disease. Doctors will often recommend the following treatments:

  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga
  • Stretches
  • Acupuncture

Laser Spine Institute does not treat fibromyalgia with our minimally invasive spine surgery, but we do treat a range of spine conditions that can be present alongside fibromyalgia, worsening pain. If you are dealing with a simultaneous case of fibromyalgia and a spine condition such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis, contact our caring team today to learn how we can help.

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