The chronic pain of fibromyalgia affects 10 million Americans. If you can’t find relief from persistent pain, Jason Chiu, MD, and his compassionate staff at The Painless Center can help. At the Tenafly and Carlstadt, New Jersey, locations, Dr. Chiu offers interventional pain management options to alleviate pain and other fibromyalgia-related symptoms. Using custom treatment plans, he designs pain-relieving strategies to help you stay healthy and active. Learn more about available treatments for fibromyalgia today by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking feature.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread pain throughout your body. The exact cause of the condition isn’t well understood, but the way your brain processes pain signals may play a factor in the development of fibromyalgia.
In some cases, pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia may start after you’ve suffered physical trauma. You can also develop the disorder following a serious infection, a surgical procedure, or due to excessive psychological stress. However, some people may develop symptoms of fibromyalgia gradually over time for no obvious reason.
The hallmark of fibromyalgia is widespread body pain that often starts as a dull ache. Pain typically affects both sides of your body, above and below your waist, and lasts for at least three months.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may be side effects of your chronic pain and include:
Many people also experience emotional and mental side effects of fibromyalgia, such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
If you have widespread pain that lasts several months, Dr. Chiu may order diagnostic tests, including blood work, to rule out other medical conditions.
To evaluate the severity of pain, Dr. Chiu performs a physical examination and may recommend one or more treatments to improve your quality of life.
Several prescription medicines are designed to treat fibromyalgia pain by calming overactive nerves or addressing chemicals in the brain that process pain signals. Dr. Chiu may also recommend other pain-relieving medicines to keep you comfortable.
Dr. Chiu may also recommend lifestyle changes that can reduce pain and make it easier for you to perform your job or other activities. These changes may include keeping a good posture and getting high-quality sleep every night.
Alternative therapies, like massage and meditation, can also reduce your stress and lessen your pain. You should incorporate a nutritious diet and exercise into your daily life to maintain a healthy body weight.
If widespread pain is interfering with your daily life, schedule a consultation for a fibromyalgia evaluation. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you.