Fibromyalgia Specialist

New Hope Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Elkin, NC

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout your body. If you’re living with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions, The team at New Hope Pain Management in Elkin, North Carolina, offer pain-relieving treatments to reduce your symptoms and help you lead a healthy, active, and pain-free life. If you don’t want to put up with chronic pain, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is characterized by musculoskeletal pain as well as points on your body that are extremely sensitive to touch. In addition to widespread pain, fibromyalgia also causes fatigue and cognitive issues, such as poor concentration and limited ability to focus on a single task or project.

Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. If you have fibromyalgia, you may also experience chronic migraines and jaw pain due to temporomandibular joint disorder. It’s also common for people who have fibromyalgia to have irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, and cystitis or bladder infections.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, although medical research indicates that it’s caused by a disruption in the way the neurotransmitters in your brain communicate pain sensations. Fibromyalgia can often begin after a surgery, a traumatic injury, or a period of significant psychological stress.

Some common risk factors for developing fibromyalgia include having a family history of the condition or having another painful condition like arthritis.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

There isn’t a single test to diagnose fibromyalgia. However, the team will provide comprehensive consultations and exams to develop an understanding of your pain. They will often order a variety of tests to rule out other conditions that could be causing your pain. They will order extensive blood work to check:

  • Complete blood count
  • Thyroid function
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

Historically, doctors would check for the 18 tender points associated with fibromyalgia. Today, this test isn’t necessary. If a patient has had three months of chronic, widespread pain and all other conditions have been ruled out, the patient is diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, the team at New Hope Pain Management offer a wide variety of treatments that are customized to address your specific symptoms and needs. Treatments for fibromyalgia often include a combination of medications, physical therapy, and help to decrease stress and anxiety levels.

They may prescribe medications including pain relievers, anti-seizure drugs, and antidepressants. These medications can control your physical and emotional symptoms.

Physical therapy can help you build strength and flexibility and release muscle tension. In addition to your physical therapy sessions, you’ll learn exercises and stretches to practice at home.

If you’re concerned about chronic pain and fibromyalgia, call New Hope Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.