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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that can interfere with every aspect of your life. It’s estimated that six to 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. The pain management experts at Elite Medical Center in Lyman, South Carolina, specialize in caring for fibromyalgia and can develop a plan that helps you get the relief you need so you can live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes musculoskeletal pain all over the body. Though the pain condition affects both men and women, 90% of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women.

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of fibromyalgia but theorize that it develops due to the overstimulation of nerves that increase the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for pain signals. Your brain’s pain centers may also develop a sensitivity and overreact to stimulation, amplifying your pain sensations.

Widespread muscle pain is the most common symptom of fibromyalgia. However, you may also suffer from fatigue and cognitive difficulties that affect concentration.

Those with fibromyalgia may also suffer from other pain conditions such as migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, or temporomandibular joint pain.

Previously, for a fibromyalgia diagnosis, doctors performed a tender point exam, pressing on 18 specific points throughout the body to assess for pain. New guidelines no longer require this test.

The team at Elite Medical Center diagnose fibromyalgia after a comprehensive evaluation that includes a review of your symptoms, medical and family history, and a physical exam. The team may also request blood work to rule out other causes of your pain.

For a formal fibromyalgia diagnosis, you must be suffering from widespread pain for three or more months, and all other causes have been ruled out.

The team develops personalized treatment plans for fibromyalgia based on the severity of your condition and your overall health. Your treatment plan may include:

- Medication to manage pain (over-the-counter or prescription)
- Antidepressants
- Physical therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Counseling
- Stress management

Though medication may alleviate your pain symptoms, self-care is an important part of your treatment plan and may help prevent pain flare-ups. The team recommends that you eat a healthy diet, find tools and techniques that help you relax, and engage in regular exercise.

You also need to maintain a steady pace on your good days and bad days. This means not pushing yourself too hard when you’re feeling good and not limiting your activities on the days your symptoms flare-up.

The team at Elite Medical Center works closely with you and schedules regular follow-ups to monitor your symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed.

For comprehensive management of your fibromyalgia, contact Elite Medical Center by phone or online today.