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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with arthritis that can cause a sufficient amount of long term pain in the joints and tissues of the body. Health conditions like obesity can trigger a greater burst of fibromyalgia. The condition is known to most often effect women between the ages of 20 and 50.

Causes of Fibromyalgia:

Though any specific cause of fibromyalgia is unknown to date, there are some known triggers of the condition, mostly based on other conditions. Trauma, both physical and mental, can be a trigger and amplifier for fibromyalgia. If a patient is previously affected by an infection caused by virus and infection, the chances of fibromyalgia is likely. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia are often known to have persisting problems with sleep. Depression, fatigue and occurrences of repetitive pain are also a big part of fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

The most obvious and common symptom of any degree of fibromyalgia is pain. This pain can range from light to intense, and will effect different areas of the body. Pain can range from a tender feeling to striking pain in a given area. There might also be a burning feeling in the area of the effected tissue and joints. Fibromyalgia patients have also noted that they suffer from numbness and tingling in certain areas, as well as suffering from migraine headaches, leading to problems with concentration and memory.

Treatment of Fibromyalgia:

The first step to treatment is diagnosing where the pain is. From there, it is common that massage therapy and physical therapy are suggested, this will help ease the pain that exists. The next step after assessing therapies for the condition is prescribing drugs that might help. This might not be a direct pain killer, but might also include medicine that treats the condition (depression, sleep deprivation) that is ultimately causing fibromyalgia.

Because fibromyalgia can be triggered, doctors suggest a number of different lifestyle changes to aid the condition including:

  • Getting more sleep
  • Don’t drink caffeine
  • Be more active
  • Keeping a good diet

Though surgery cannot ‘fix’ your fibromyalgia, there is proof that if you are diagnosed with another condition, it may be the leading cause of your fibromyalgia outbreaks. Once you figure out what else it might be (obesity, depression, sleep problems) treatment can be determined for that case, ultimately helping with your fibromyalgia.

The best thing to do is visit a doctor to find out what conditions you have or might have, and from there, assess the best possible treatment. Many times, there can be a single cause of a number of different symptoms you are having.

West Medical is dedicated to helping you assess your fibromyalgia, and we’re happy to provide the best medical care you will find today. The doctors at West Medical focus on effective minimally invasive treatments for a number of different conditions, many of which can alleviate the symptoms suffered because of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be treated quickly and treated effectively. The doctors at West Medical are happy to suggest the best option for your individual case. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for fibromyalgia, please contact West Medical at (855) 690-0565, and our helpful medical staff will answer any questions you may have.

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