Living with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia can take a toll on both your physical and mental wellness. At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio, triple board-certified pain specialist and anesthesiologist Mervet Saleh, MD, and her team provide compassionate and effective pain management services to help you lead a healthy, pain-free life. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder that affects upwards of 4 million Americans. The condition is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and problems with sleep, memory, and mood. Medical research indicates that fibromyalgia may stem from a problem with the way your brain processes and interprets pain signals.
Women are more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia, and your risk for developing other painful health issues like chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), inflammatory bowel diseases, and bladder issues like cystitis increase if you have fibromyalgia.
The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t fully understood, although medical researchers and doctors know your genetics and family history are contributing factors. Fibromyalgia is also more likely to manifest after you have a serious illness or infection or after a severe physical or emotional trauma.
Unfortunately, there’s no single test or indicator for fibromyalgia. Dr. Saleh diagnoses the condition based on your symptoms, including muscle pain and tenderness, fatigue, and overall health. She uses lab tests to rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
There’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but Dr. Saleh and her team provide expert pain management treatments to help you lead a healthy and active life. Dr. Saleh can prescribe medications to help reduce inflammation and muscle spasms that contribute to your pain. In many cases, antidepressants can relieve fatigue and help you manage the emotional effects of fibromyalgia.
Dr. Saleh and her team also recommend deep muscle massage and physical therapy. Massage is known to relax muscles, improve your range of motion, and stimulate the production of brain chemicals that reduce pain. Physical therapy is also helpful as you learn and practice exercises and stretches to improve your muscle tone, flexibility, and balance.
You also learn techniques to manage your symptoms at home, including maintaining a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet, adding regular exercise to your routine, and recommending stress management techniques. For example, you may find that practicing yoga can improve your muscle tone and flexibility and control your stress levels.
If you’re living with fibromyalgia or undiagnosed chronic pain, contact the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management for expert pain management services.