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Commonwealth Pain and Spine -  - Pain Management

Commonwealth Pain and Spine

Pain Management Specialists located throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois

If you live with chronic, widespread pain and tenderness, you could have fibromyalgia. At Commonwealth Pain & Spine, with offices in Kentucky and Indiana, the board-certified physicians offer expert diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia to control your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call the nearest Commonwealth Pain & Spine office to schedule a consultation today. Commonwealth’s Kentucky offices are in St. Matthews, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Crestview Hills, Owensboro, and London. Indiana offices are in Evansville, Vincennes, New Albany, Carrollton, and Jasper. They also serve patients from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects about 5 million American adults. The condition causes pain and tenderness throughout your body. Your symptoms can come and go and range in severity from day to day.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn’t fully understood, although medical researchers believe it could be due to the way your brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia is found more often in women than in men. Fibromyalgia can develop over time or you could develop the condition following physical trauma such as surgery or following a period of significant psychological stress.

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

In addition to widespread pain and tenderness, fibromyalgia can also cause a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased concentration and memory problems
  • Migraines
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

If these symptoms disrupt your life, contact Commonwealth Pain & Spine to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis.

How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

While no single test can identify fibromyalgia, your doctor at Commonwealth Pain & Spine provides a comprehensive exam and consultation to diagnose the condition causing your symptoms.

They talk to you about your symptoms, general health, and lifestyle. They can order blood tests, X-rays, and MRIs to check for other signs that could be causing your symptoms like thyroid disease or rheumatoid arthritis.

How is Fibromyalgia Treated?

Every patient experiences fibromyalgia differently, so your treatment is completely customized to ease or eliminate your symptoms so you can lead a fulfilling and active life. Your treatment can include pain relievers, anti-seizure drugs, or antidepressants. Depending on your needs, your physician can also recommend nerve blocks or steroid injections to reduce your pain.

You could also benefit from physical therapy. Also, while exercise can be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, regular physical activity is known to reduce pain and improve your sleep.

In addition to medical treatments, you might also find that counseling helps you develop strategies to deal with the mental and emotional stress caused by fibromyalgia.

Call Commonwealth Pain & Spine to make an appointment today to find out what’s causing your pain and get the customized treatment you need.