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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia services offered in Appleton, Oshkosh, North Fond du Lac and Fond du Lac, WI

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disabling condition causing continual or recurring musculoskeletal pain. If you develop fibromyalgia symptoms, the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin can help. At their offices in Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the highly skilled physical medicine specialists offer comprehensive treatments ranging from physical therapy and medication management to advanced surgical techniques. Call your nearest NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin office to schedule a fibromyalgia evaluation today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and various other disabling symptoms, including:

  • Brain fog (difficulty concentrating and memory problems)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Anxiety and depression 

Some patients develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), painful bladder syndrome, and other health problems. You’re more likely to have arthritis and autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) if you have fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia pain can affect the entire body, including joints, muscles, bones, and organs. It’s usually there all or most of the time but typically flares up in response to triggers like stress and unusual activities.

Some days, you may feel reasonably OK and manage everyday tasks or work, while others are a considerable challenge. People with fibromyalgia often struggle to get out of bed during severe flare-ups.

How do you get fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia’s cause is unknown. Research indicates possible links with chronic inflammation, immune system problems, and nervous system dysfunction, but doctors don’t have all the answers yet. You’re more likely to develop fibromyalgia if you identify with the following risk factors:

  • Family history of fibromyalgia
  • Suffering severe injuries
  • History of serious infections 
  • Prolonged stress
  • Being female 
  • Having an autoimmune disorder

Diagnosing fibromyalgia is challenging because you can’t test for it in the lab. The condition doesn’t cause identifiable changes in your blood or tissues, so many people struggle for years to determine what’s causing their symptoms.

Pain experts like the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin team understand that patients are often in despair when they visit. The team completes a thorough physical exam, symptom review, and medical history analysis. They may take blood and perform diagnostic imaging tests to rule out other causes.

They might also check 18 tender places around your body. When pressed, these spots cause deep, aching pain that lasts several hours. Previously, having at least 11 of these tender spots was a diagnostic criterion for fibromyalgia, but doctors now know not everyone with fibromyalgia has these tender spots.

When they’ve eliminated other disorders, your provider can confirm you have fibromyalgia.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Conservative treatments can be beneficial for fibromyalgia. Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication decrease inflammation, control pain, and help you stay mobile. Lifestyle changes like improving your diet, losing weight, and quitting smoking are also important.

Dry needling, epidural steroid injections, myofascial release, nerve blocks, and joint injections that deliver powerful anti-inflammatories can help some patients. Other possible treatments include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), pain management counseling, and passive physical therapies like therapeutic ultrasound.

Call NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin to arrange a fibromyalgia evaluation today.