Living with the widespread joint pain, muscle aches, and fatigue of fibromyalgia can be debilitating. At Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation, Dr. David Berkower can help restore optimal function for people in Pembroke Pines, Florida with this condition. Contact the office to make an appointment or use the online booking agent today to get your life back.request an appointment
What is fibromyalgia?
People with fibromyalgia experience widespread musculoskeletal pain, along with fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory problems, and mood issues. Medical experts haven’t established the cause of fibromyalgia, but they believe it’s likely due to misprocessed pain signals from your nerves.
Who is at risk of developing fibromyalgia?
Anyone can develop the condition, but it certain factors make you more susceptible:
- Family history
- Being female
- The presence of another painful disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, or an infection
- Mood disorders
- Physical or emotional abuse and PTSD
- Sedentary lifestyle
Physical trauma, infection, or psychological stress sometimes trigger fibromyalgia. Other people have mild symptoms at first, and their symptoms intensify and multiply over time. Many people with fibromyalgia also have other painful conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, or TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders).
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
In addition to widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia experience:
- Intense fatigue
- Insomnia or poor sleep
- Muscle pain that includes tightness, twitching, and burning
- Trouble with memory and concentration (known as “fibro fog”)
- Low pain threshold and possible tender points, scattered on the back, chest, neck, knees, buttocks, and hips
The pain of fibromyalgia and the accompanying lack of sleep can affect your mental health and daily function.
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Dr. Berkower considers your medical history and may run a few blood tests to rule out other causes before he makes a diagnosis. But, if you have unexplained, widespread pain for three or more months, fibromyalgia is a likely cause.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are steps you can take to manage your condition and reduce your pain. Dr. Berkower recommends regular exercise, which helps improve your symptoms and helps you maintain range of motion. Reducing stress is also important, as stress can trigger and magnify symptoms. Dietary changes, particularly eliminating caffeine, can also help. Caffeine increases your feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and unease—all of which can cause undue stress on your body
Dr. Berkower’s primary goal is reducing your pain levels so that you can regain your optimal function level. He may prescribe specific medications, including pain relievers, antidepressants, and sleeping aids, and offer physical therapy to help you manage the pain of fibromyalgia, too. Dr. Berkower may also use trigger point injection (TPI) therapy to treat your fibromyalgia inflammation points. TPI involves injecting an anesthetic or corticosteroid into your trigger points to relieve your pain.