People who experience pain 'all over' without a clear explanation are often diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Nearly all people with fibromyalgia experience fatigue along with their pain. They typically also experience other problems, such as headaches, sleep problems, bowel problems, and various other issues. Sometimes people can be diagnosed with both fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. Due to the limited research on fibromyalgia, we may not usually clearly identify the underlying cause but there are things that can be done to improve both the pain and other symptoms for people with fibromyalgia.
It is sometimes difficult to find a doctor who is comfortable with treating fibromyalgia. Because not all cases of 'fibromyalgia' reflect the same underlying problem, a one-size-fits-all approach to treating it does not work. Important aspects of a fibromyalgia treatment plan may include the use of medications and addressing lifestyle factors such as sleep, diet, exercise, and stressors.
What you can expect with an evaluation
Because there are usually multiple problems involved, an initial evaluation of widespread pain or fibromyalgia may take about two hours or more. This includes taking a detailed history from the start of the illness to the present time and then going over different important aspects of the present illness in detail (such as sleep trouble, fatigue, and migraines) and performing a detailed physical examination.
After a thorough review, we will work on an individualized plan for improving the pain and other symptoms. This will often involve a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to help your symptoms. For an appointment, please call.