Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain conditions, affecting nearly 10 million adults in the United States. At Royal Suntomed Medical Group in San Antonio, Hameed Dosunmu, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to help you manage persistent pain. He creates a customized treatment plan to address fibromyalgia symptoms and ensure a good quality of life. Find out more about available treatments for fibromyalgia by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain in your muscles. The cause of the disease is thought to be dysfunction in the way your brain processes pain signals, and it can be triggered by events such as trauma, infection, or excessive stress.
You may be at increased risk for developing fibromyalgia if you have a family history of the condition or have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis.
Women are more likely than men to have fibromyalgia, as are those who suffer from other chronic medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraines.
In addition to widespread muscle aches and pain, fibromyalgia can also cause chronic fatigue due to disrupted sleep. Fibromyalgia pain often interferes with good quality sleep, causing you to frequently wake up throughout the night.
Fibro fog is also a common symptom of fibromyalgia. This condition refers to the difficulties you may have concentrating or paying attention.
Dr. Dosunmu performs a physical exam to determine what areas of your body have pain. For it to qualify as fibromyalgia, you must have widespread pain for at least three months.
In addition to the exam, Dr. Dosunmu may request additional tests, including bloodwork, to rule out underlying medical conditions that may be causing your pain. There isn’t a special kind of test that identifies fibromyalgia.
Dr. Dosunmu may initially recommend one or more therapies to help you adapt to your condition. Occupational therapy can teach you how to perform tasks at your job so they don’t cause additional stress on your body. You may also need physical therapy to improve muscle strength and flexibility.
Over-the-counter or prescription medications may be helpful in managing your pain. Dr. Dosunmu can also evaluate other conditions that result from fibromyalgia, such as insomnia, chronic fatigue, and depression.
Dr. Dosunmu creates a custom treatment plan with a goal to ensure your pain is well-controlled and you have a good quality of life.
Learn more about effectively managing fibromyalgia by calling Royal Suntomed Medical Group in San Antonio or scheduling an appointment online today.