What Is Fibromyalgia - Chicago Treatment Facilities
Posted in: Pain Management Thursday, 06 October 2011
Fibromyalgia is a complex but treatable syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is a common yet very complex and often misunderstood illness, so complex it is often misdiagnosed. Current medical theory believes that this syndrome is caused by a lowered pain threshold due to a heightening of pain signals in the brain. The neurotransmitters, also called the pain receptors, in the brain are affected by an over abundance of specific chemicals. In normal amounts these chemicals cause you to feel pain normally, but when the chemicals are over produced they can cause a hypersensitivity to pain. Over time the neurotransmitters themselves appear to experience a memory to the pain, which caused the pain receptors themselves to become hypersensitive to pain stimuli without any chemicals needing to be present.
Risk Factors For Fibromyalgia
While there are not any specific causes of fibromyalgia, there are some factors that can make you more likely to be afflicted by this illness.
Primary Fibromyalgia Symptoms
There are many symptoms that you may experience. It is common for two patients with this syndrome to experience very different things. The list below is by no means exhaustive, however it does contain the most common symptoms.
One Tricky Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia is a tricky syndrome to diagnose. Its symptoms can appear similar to many other illnesses including bursitis, tendinitis, and osteoarthritis. To begin with, your doctor will perform a few physical test and ask you to answer a few questions. To qualify as fibromyalgia you must show sensitivity in 11 of 18 possible tender points, have pain that is on both sides of your body above and below your waist, and have had pain that has lasted for at least three months. As long as there is no other underlying condition your physician may immediately diagnose you or perform a few laboratory tests to confirm their suspicions.
Complete Patient Centered Fibro Treatment Plans
At IBJI we are focused on making sure that your diagnosis is correct but we also want to make sure your treatment plan does not just focus on one item. The pain you are experiencing could be causing other physical or psychological problems. It is important that your care include not only pain treatments but making sure you are enjoying a very high quality of life. Your treatment could include:
As you can see there are many way to treat your symptoms. It is important to see an expert like the physicians at IBJI. Find one of our physicians who specialize in treating your pain; they are easily accessible throughout the Chicagoland area. We look forward to helping make your pain a distant memory.
This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).
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