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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Services located in Atlanta, GA

Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal condition affecting about 2% of Americans. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management experts Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, specialize in diagnosing and treating acute fibromyalgia. They take a minimally invasive approach that emphasizes a healthy lifestyle and activity changes. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule treatment for fibromyalgia or book your visit online.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes chronic pain and fatigue. Researchers don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but several things, including genetics and stress, are thought to play roles. 

Fibromyalgia often develops slowly. The pain starts in one part of the body, then gradually spreads to other areas.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • Bladder control problems
  • Muscle pain
  • Face and jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety

Some people with fibromyalgia experience gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and nausea.

Who is at risk of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects people from all backgrounds, but several things appear to increase your risk, including:

  • Being 40 or older
  • Having a chronic illness (for example, osteoarthritis or chronic back pain)
  • Stress
  • Trauma (severe injury)
  • Infections

Your sex at birth also plays a role. For example, women are about two times more likely to experience fibromyalgia than men.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, where it’s at, and if it’s worse during specific times or activities.

No one test diagnoses fibromyalgia, so your provider first rules out other potential sources of pain. They complete a physical exam, have you perform a series of easy exercises, and order diagnostic imaging to check for fractures and inflammation. They also request bloodwork to check for problems that present similar symptoms, like anemia and thyroid disease.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute specializes in treating acute cases of fibromyalgia. If you have mild or moderate pain, your provider could recommend:

  • Over-the-counter prescription medicine
  • Exercises like stretches and strength training
  • Sleep therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Antidepressants

If your symptoms continue or get worse, even after treatment, your provider refers you to a fibromyalgia specialist. A fibromyalgia specialist can develop a long-term treatment plan to help you feel your best.

Can fibromyalgia be prevented?

Fibromyalgia can’t be entirely prevented, but various things might reduce your risk. Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute recommends eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and practicing good sleep hygiene.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a fibromyalgia consultation, or book your appointment online.