Monday, March 28, 2011

Fibromyalgia Management: An Introduction

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, general fatigue, soft tissue tenderness, and sleeping problems. The most affected areas include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvis, and hands. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia also experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that increase and wane over time.

While the underlying causes of fibromyalgia still remain a mystery, new studies continue to bring information on the basic mechanisms of the disorder. Most researchers agree that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system with neuro-endocrine and neurotransmitter dysfunction. Neurotransmitters of pain are in abundance while those that increase pain tolerance become dangerously low to be able to stave off the onset of pain.

Due to the variation of its symptoms, managing fibromyalgia requires a multidisciplinary approach. Physical rehabilitation and therapy, pain medications, and treatment for underlying injuries and illnesses are often prescribed for patients suffering from the disorder. Since chronic pain can also induce depression, psychological counseling and guidance are also recommended. The use of prescription medication, both for the chronic pain and psychological problems must also be strictly supervised since using them without a proper prescription can cause untoward side effects.


  1. Chronic pain must be treated by pain specialist as it could lead to a more serious situation. Pain clinic in NJ has some of the best doctors helping to overcome the pain through a holistic approach.

  2. A complete healing or freedom from pain that is the objective of and Dr Ajay Kumar. Though this is the objective of almost all hospitals all over the world, sometimes this may not be possible. Today, treatment has become a business. Some clinics simply snatch money from the pockets of patients. However, Dr Ajay Kumar holds some values in his life. He believes in the happiness of his patients. So, patients get complete cure with less expense from here.
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  3. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

    Fibromyalgia medications treat symptoms, such as the deep muscle pain, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression. Cymbalta helps people manage the unique symptoms of fibromyalgia.

  4. Surgery can be sought as the last resort only after trying alternative methods of pain management. Fibromyalgia is a serious chronic condition and needs to be treated with correct diagnosis and methods

  5. This is such a great post. I've been having trouble finding an explanation on fibromyalgia that was easy for me to understand, You make a really good point that the best way to manage pain is to use a number of different approaches. I've seen that mulit-layered form of treatment used with such a great results.

    Rosie |

  6. I would say that sometimes it is hard to manage pain. I know a lot of the time most people just want it to be gone. My dad always has painful feet. It is hard for him to be standing for a long time.

  7. My mother and grandmother both have fibromyalgia. My mother also has peripheral neuropathy, the same as I do. I't s hard to go through the pain, but luckily there are options out there for it. I've really been considering going to a pain clinic. I'll have to look it up.
    -Seamus |