For patients who have fibromyalgia, they may get frustrated when their providers don’t understand this chronic condition or how to treat it. Thankfully, there are pain specialists like Dr. Trujillo who have extensive experience with this to help you manage it.
Read on to learn more about fibromyalgia and what the treatments are.
- Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. This disorder is accompanied by fatigue and problems with sleep, memory and mood.
- While there isn’t a lab test for this disorder, Dr. Trujillo may order a variety of tests to rule out other conditions and get you on a path to treatment. Tests include a complete blood count, cyclic citrullinated peptide test, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor, thyroid function tests and more.
- While doctors aren’t sure about the exact causes of fibromyalgia, it may be caused by certain infections, genetics and physical or emotional trauma. It can often mimic other conditions such as rheumatoid diseases, neurological disorders and mental health problems.
- There are many things patients who have fibromyalgia can do to reduce the severity and frequency of their pain and other symptoms. It starts with following a healthy diet and exercise program, getting better sleep and reducing stress. In addition to these conservative measures, treatments may include a mix of medication, therapy and self-care.
- Cannabidiol or CBD is a good treatment option for many people who suffer from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Research shows that CBD oil is effective at reducing pain, improving sleep and diminishing refractory pain that is common with fibromyalgia.
- Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga and tai chi are proven effective with many chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia.
- There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but you can improve symptoms with these treatment options.
If you think you are suffering from fibromyalgia and need a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment, call (855) 768-4968 today for an appointment.