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Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, radiating muscle pain, tenderness and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, not a disease, because it has no identifiable causes like a disease has. It is usually considered a diagnosis of exclusion when other problems have been ruled out. Many patients with fibromyalgia also have other problems at the same time that should be treated independently of the fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia often suffer other symptoms including:
Anxiety and depression are common problems associated with fibromyalgia and contribute to pain, muscle tension, and irritability. This can make depression and insomnia worse.
Although much is unknown about fibromyalgia, researchers are learning more in recent years. People who have fibromyalgia are believed to react more strongly to touch and pressure. They may have overactive nerves with a heightened sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia is thought to be a physiological and neuro-chemical problem. Heredity may play a role.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be difficult since the symptoms are confused with so many other conditions. Fibromyalgia is suspected when widespread pain is experienced for over three months both above and below the waist, and on the left and right sides of the body.
Medications are the primary way to treat fibromyalgia.
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin and the staff of Physician Pain Care provide quality, cutting edge, personalized service to patients suffering from chronic pain. We offer Epidural and Facet Joint Injections, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Lumbar and Medial Branch Blocks, Radiofrequency Ablation, SI Joint Injections, Stellate Ganglion Blocks, Transforaminal Epidural Injections, and BOTOX injections for migraine headaches.
We treat patients in Woodstock, Canton and Marietta, Georgia. Many patients visit us from Jasper, Ellijay, Cumming, and Roswell, GA. Please call (770) 516-7880 to schedule an appointment or request additional information on any of our services or procedures.