Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes all-over body pain along with areas of tenderness. Andrew Morchower, MD, MPH, is a board-certified interventional spine and pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician who provides comprehensive fibromyalgia care at OmniSpine Pain Management in Frisco and Mesquite, Texas. The pain management expert understands that no single treatment works for everyone and personalizes care to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Call the office nearest you today or schedule your fibromyalgia consultation online.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and points on the body that are sensitive to touch. Fibromyalgia pain comes and goes, and the areas of tenderness move around the body.
Researchers are still investigating what causes fibromyalgia, but it tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. A trigger might precede the pain syndrome, like an injury, infection, or spine problem. Emotional stress might also lead to fibromyalgia.
The pain condition could develop due to changes in communication between the body and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). These changes somehow amplify the pain sensation in the brain, causing extreme discomfort.
All-over body pain is the most common fibromyalgia symptom. You could also have tender spots that are more sensitive to touch. Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and poor sleep are also common fibromyalgia symptoms.
Many people with this pain syndrome also have co-occurring health conditions, like chronic migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or depression.
Fibromyalgia symptoms vary and may come and go but have a significant impact on your quality of life. At OmniSpine Pain Management, Dr. Morchower provides cutting-edge treatment that can reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation during your fibromyalgia consultation at OmniSpine Pain Management. Dr. Morchower will ask about your pain and when your symptoms occur. He will complete a physical exam and might run diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
Dr. Morchower also asks about your typical day and what activities or situations trigger your symptoms.
OmniSpine Pain Management uses the newest diagnostic tools to find your pain generators (the source of your pain).
Dr. Morchower personalizes your fibromyalgia treatment based on the severity of your symptoms. He might ask you to keep a pain diary to identify your fibromyalgia triggers.
The fibromyalgia treatments he could recommend include:
Dr. Morchower schedules regular visits to the office to monitor your pain and adjust your plan as needed. He can also treat underlying pain conditions, like arthritis or back pain, that could trigger fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Call OmniSpine Pain Management today or schedule your fibromyalgia appointment online.