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Fibromyalgia causes numerous problems, the most common one being widespread pain. If you have fibromyalgia symptoms, get an accurate diagnosis at Integrated Pain Consultants in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona. Nikesh Seth, MD, and the highly experienced pain experts understand the challenges living with fibromyalgia presents and offer comprehensive treatment. Call your nearest Integrated Pain Consultants office today or schedule a fibromyalgia evaluation by completing the online form.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic condition causing widespread pain throughout your body. Unlike other painful disorders that affect specific areas (like joint or lower back pain), everything hurts when you have fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia also makes you more sensitive, so you might find certain lights or sounds uncomfortable. Some people get allodynia, where light touches feel painful. Your pain response is much greater than normal, so minor injuries can be agonizing.

People with fibromyalgia often experience multiple challenges in addition to pain, such as:

  • Fibro fog (poor memory and trouble concentrating)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Problems sleeping
  • Arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Autoimmune disorders

Another common symptom is abnormal discomfort in 18 pressure points spread across the body. Brief pressure on these sensitive points causes intense, throbbing pain that persists for several hours.

Why do I have fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia’s causes aren’t clear. Something makes your nervous system overactive, but discovering the reason is challenging. This is because fibromyalgia doesn’t cause damage that you can see in diagnostic imaging procedures like X-rays or CT scans. Blood and other lab tests don’t show any specific abnormalities that could cause your symptoms either.

These diagnostic challenges mean many people don’t receive the help they need for fibromyalgia. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants for an expert diagnosis if you recognize the symptoms described.

How do I get relief from fibromyalgia symptoms?

The Integrated Pain Consultants team offers comprehensive and personalized treatment for fibromyalgia. After ensuring you receive an accurate diagnosis and ruling out other causes for your symptoms, your provider might recommend the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Desensitization therapy
  • Pain management counseling
  • Local anesthetic creams and patches
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Antiseizure drugs
  • Steroids
  • Nerve blocks
  • Suboxone therapy
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Most people with fibromyalgia find these treatments offer significant symptom reduction. However, if you still have disabling pain after trying them all, Integrated Pain Consultants offers several implantable devices that can help. These include spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps.

Don’t wait if you have fibromyalgia symptoms. Call Integrated Pain Consultants today or book an appointment online for the expert treatment you need.