Fibromyalgia is a condition which causes chronic pain and tenderness though out the body. People with fibromyalgia have a heightened sensitivity to pain. Women are more affected than men and the onset of symptoms are usually in the middle age. In addition to chronic pain, patients report fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and “fibro fog” cognitive dysfunction. The pain is often described as burning, aching and throbbing along tissue planes of the body. Joints may be stiff and painful.
What diseases are associated with fibromyalgia?
Some conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus (SLE) increase your chance of developing fibromyalgia. The older we become, the chance of developing fibromyalgia increases.
What is the cause of fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia may run in families, but no distinct genes have been identified to trigger the condition. In fact, the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown at this time. Altered pain signaling within the nervous system may be to blame. As a result, patients with fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity to pain.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia there are treatments available. Dr. Branton, Dr. Ho and Meghan Chase NP work closely with leading rheumatologists and your primary care provider to develop a comprehensive pain treatment plan. Many who suffer with fibromyalgia also have common painful conditions of the joints and spine that can be treated in conjunction with fibromyalgia.
With the Pain Management Centers location in Newburyport and pain management locations at the Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers and at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, we have your north shore pain needs covered.
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