Fibromyalgia is one of the most prevalent chronic pain conditions in America today, affecting over 10 million people. If you have fibromyalgia or suffer from chronic pain, schedule a consultation with John Dombrowski, MD, at the Washington Pain Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dombrowski offers highly personalized treatments for fibromyalgia and works with you to help you regain a healthy and fulfilling life. Call the Washington Pain Center or make an appointment online today.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that causes pain throughout your body. Everyone has a unique experience with fibromyalgia, and symptoms vary greatly between patients. Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
If you have fibromyalgia, your chances are higher of developing other disruptive chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, chronic cystitis, and temporomandibular joint disorder.
Fibromyalgia often has a negative impact on your emotional and mental well-being. The condition is sometimes challenging to diagnose and treat because of the changeable nature of your symptoms, which can be frustrating.
Physicians and medical researchers don’t fully understand the cause of fibromyalgia, although it’s believed to be genetic. They also think that an infection or physical or emotional trauma can trigger the condition.
Women have a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia than men. Your risk is also higher if you have another painful condition such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Unfortunately, there is no single test to identify fibromyalgia. Dr. Dombrowski uses thorough exams and consultations to develop a deep understanding of your pain and other symptoms. He also runs tests to rule out other conditions that could be causing your pain.
At Washington Pain Center, Dr. Dombrowski offers customized treatments to relieve fibromyalgia pain.
For example, he may prescribe medications including over-the-counter painkillers as well as prescription-strength pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medicines to relieve your symptoms. He provides attentive medication management services and often combines therapies for optimal results. Additionally, you may benefit from ketamine infusions, cannabidiol (CBD) products, and other injection therapies.
Physical therapy is often used to help build strength and flexibility in your body. When your muscles and connective tissues are strong and supple, they provide better support for your bones and joints, which not only can reduce your pain but also lessen your risk of falling or other accidents and injuries.
In addition to your physical therapy appointments, your therapist suggests exercises and stretches for you to practice at home to maintain your progress between sessions. Many patients find that water-based activities help them to build strength without overtaxing their bodies.
Call the Washington Pain Center or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.