Superior Pain Relief
Interventional Pain Management located in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Houston & Baytown, TX
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that leaves those who have it exhausted from the constant, widespread pain. Zaid Malik, MD, of Superior Pain Relief, which has locations in Spring, Houston, Baytown, Conroe, and The Woodlands, Texas, is a highly skilled specialist in interventional pain management who provides exceptional treatments for patients who have fibromyalgia and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. Find out how Dr. Malik and his team can help you manage your fibromyalgia and get your life back by calling Superior Pain Relief today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online form.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body and affects around 12 million people in the United States. The pain of fibromyalgia is felt in muscles and connective tissues, making them cycle between aching and severe pain, which may be made worse by certain triggers, such as strenuous activity or changes in the weather.
The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t fully understood as yet, but people who have the condition have become extra sensitive to the pain signals in their bodies. Research shows links to inflammatory conditions, and fibromyalgia often runs in families, so there could be a genetic component as well.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
The main symptom fibromyalgia causes is the pain, which affects the entire body, and although it may ease off, never disappears. People who have fibromyalgia find pressure on their body highly uncomfortable, and there are specific points around the body, such as the back of the neck and the inside of the knees, that, when pressed, cause intense pain.
Fibromyalgia typically causes other symptoms, including:
- Extreme fatigue
- Problems sleeping
- Memory and concentration problems (fibro fog)
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Many people who have fibromyalgia also have conditions like arthritis and autoimmune disorders, or problems like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
What treatments are available for fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is incurable at present, but it is manageable. Working with the team at Superior Pain Relief, you can learn how to reduce the severity of your symptoms and lead a more fulfilling life, not trapped by your condition. The best approach to managing fibromyalgia is to combine physical and psychological therapies with medication and interventional pain treatments. Potential treatments for fibromyalgia include:
- Trigger point injections containing local anesthetic and corticosteroids
- Prescription pain relief
- Anti-seizure medications
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Relaxation and guided imagery
Regulating your physical activity is vital in managing fibromyalgia. While overdoing it is likely to make your pain flare up, not exercising can make your condition worse in the long run. Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga are ideal for people who have fibromyalgia.
If you have fibromyalgia or you’re experiencing any form of chronic pain, call Superior Pain Relief today, or book an appointment online.