Fibromyalgia Specialist

Washington Center for Pain Management

Pain Management located in Bellevue, WA with clinics in the greater Puget Sound area

Fibromyalgia makes you feel more pain than other people, which starts to affect every area of your life. The compassionate providers at Washington Center for Pain Management in Bellevue, Washington, help you find relief through injection and regenerative therapies. If you’re ready to minimize the pain and regain your sense of vigor and verve, click the online booking tool or call the office to make an appointment with a member of our team today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is an incurable condition marked by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. The condition appears to amplify the brain’s pain signals.

The pain is often accompanied by other symptoms such as: 

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood disruption
  • Cognitive difficulties

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.

Medication

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. 

Therapy

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.

Procedures

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.