What is causes Fibromyalgia
Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unclear, some events seem to trigger the condition, including infection, trauma, surgery, and stress.
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
There’s no single test to confirm fibromyalgia, so your doctor has to rule out other causes of pain to make a diagnosis. They start with a physical exam and a medical history to gauge your overall health status.
The first criterion for a fibromyalgia diagnosis is that you’ve experienced widespread pain (in the upper body, lower body, right side, and left side) for three months or more. Next, your doctor may take blood work to rule out other conditions such as arthritis and thyroid issues.
Blood work may include:
Complete blood count: screens for a wide range of conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, inflammation, and infection
Thyroid function: tests for an underactive or overactive thyroid
Rheumatoid factor: detects proteins that could indicate autoimmune disorders
Cyclic citrullinated peptide test: looks for antibodies that could indicate rheumatoid arthritis
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate: screens for inflammation
From there, your doctor may request additional imaging tests to get a clearer picture of what’s going on inside your body. Once your doctor rules out other causes of pain, they may be able to make a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
What treatments are available for fibromyalgia?
Because fibromyalgia is incurable, treatment often involves managing symptoms. Typically, you can manage symptoms through medication, therapy, and certain medical procedures.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications may become part of your treatment regimen. Pain relievers, antidepressants, and antiseizure medications may help manage the pain and side effects of fibromyalgia.
Physical and occupational therapies can help improve your strength and range of motion and decrease stress on your body. With adjustments to your workspace and home, many tasks are easier to perform.
Your pain management specialist can help identify the best course of action for your particular situation. Some of the procedures they offer include trigger point injections, nerve block injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and more.
If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or suspect you have it, make an appointment at Washington Center for Pain Management by calling the office or requesting an appointment online to get the relief you body need.