You Can Live Well with Fibromyalgia

You Can Live Well with Fibromyalgia

For the 4 million Americans living with fibromyalgia, predominantly women, dealing with aches, pains, and joint stiffness is a daily struggle. Individuals with fibromyalgia face many challenges, from the time it takes to get a diagnosis for their symptoms to finding a treatment that works, but don’t lose hope. 

Here at the Spine & Pain Institute Florida, pain management physician Navdeep Jassal, MD helps patients with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia get the treatment they need to feel and function better.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread muscle and joint pain, as well as problems with memory, sleep, and energy. Individuals with fibromyalgia also are at a heightened risk for anxiety and depression. 

Symptoms of fibromyalgia tend to begin after an event such as an infection, or physical trauma such as a car accident. It can also develop after a major psychological stressor. Sometimes symptoms come on gradually without an identifiable trigger. 

The team at the Spine & Pain Institute of Florida want patients to know that with the right combination of therapies and lifestyle changes, many people with fibromyalgia can reduce their symptoms and the impact the condition has on their daily lives.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with widespread symptoms that can have a major impact on the way you feel, and your productivity in your daily life. Fibromyalgia causes muscle, joint, and soft tissue pain throughout the body. Symptoms vary widely from person to person; however, it can affect any area of your body including your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. 

For many people with fibromyalgia, pain is worse first thing in the morning, as well as in the evening. For some individuals, the pain is unrelenting and lasts throughout the entire day. While the cause is unknown, fibromyalgia is linked to a combination of immune system, endocrine, and biochemical abnormalities. Some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

Testing to confirm a fibromyalgia diagnosis is lacking, which adds to patient frustration. Instead, a diagnosis is made after reviewing your symptoms, medical history, performing a physical exam, and ruling out other possible conditions.

The right fibromyalgia plan for you

If you're struggling with fibromyalgia, finding the right treatment plan is key to feeling better, and we can help. Dr. Jassal creates an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms and how fibromyalgia affects you. He collaborates with other specialists such as physical therapists and rheumatologists to ensure you receive complete and comprehensive treatment.

Fibromyalgia treatment involves a combination of therapies to manage your pain, such as corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Medications to treat mood disorders, such as antidepressants, can improve your mood and outlook.

Stress is a major trigger that makes fibromyalgia symptoms worse. A plan to lower and manage your stress, such as engaging in stress-busting activities like yoga, massage, and other relaxing activities, can go a long way in getting your symptoms under control.

Typically, exercise is the last thing that may be on your mind when you have fibromyalgia. The tiredness associated with fibromyalgia can make it seem as if being active is out of the question. It's important to know that physical activity is beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. 

Dr. Jassal works closely with you to create an exercise plan that’s safe and beneficial so you can increase your activity and improve your overall well-being. Typically, it's recommended that people with fibromyalgia begin gradually increasing their level of activity instead of jumping in all at once.

A plan to improve the quality and consistency of your sleep is another part of the puzzle that can help you live well with fibromyalgia.

Managing fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that affects different people differently. However you can achieve improvements in how you feel, and you can live well with fibromyalgia.

If you're struggling with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, give us a call at 833-513-7246, and the staff at our Lakeland, Florida office will be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jassal. Existing and prospective patients can also submit your appointment request here on our website.

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