What are the Signs of Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue. While the cause of fibromyalgia is not always known, it is important to understand the signs, get an official diagnosis, and start a treatment plan. Dr. Matthew Rayner at The Wellness Institute of Dallas can help you manage your fibromyalgia and get your life back on track.

There is no need to live with chronic pain—real relief is possible when working with our expert pain management team in Highland Park and University Park. Call now to see why so many people with fibromyalgia trust us for their care.

What causes fibromyalgia?

It can be hard to pinpoint the cause of your fibromyalgia, but there are theories about what may contribute to the development of this disorder. Some experts believe genetics, surgery, and even trauma all play a role. Additionally, some groups are more prone to this condition than others, such as middle-aged or older women previously diagnosed with arthritis or lupus.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The most prevalent sign of fibromyalgia is chronic pain, but a wide range of symptoms are associated with this condition, including:

  • Fatigue

  • Brain fog or memory problems

  • Mood swings

  • Inability to focus

  • Depression and anxiety

Fibromyalgia can also coexist with disorders like migraines, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).

How do you diagnose fibromyalgia?

The Wellness Institute of Dallas can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of your chronic pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Rayner may review your medical history, blood work, and other factors that may be contributing to your condition.

Patients receive a confirmation of their diagnosis if their pain has lasted for at least three months and is not caused by another underlying condition. Additionally, patients must have pain in at least four of 18 designated tender points on the body.

Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but our pain management staff at The Wellness Institute of Dallas can develop a custom plan to manage unwanted symptoms. This plan may involve one or a combination of therapies, medications, and follow-up appointments to check on your progress and make adjustments as needed. Our goal is to help you find relief so you can get back to your everyday life.

What treatments do you offer at The Wellness Institute of Dallas?

Dr. Rayner believes in a multidisciplinary approach to care, which means we offer more than one way to treat fibromyalgia symptoms in Highland Park and University Park. These services involve:

  • Physical therapy

  • Medications like pain relievers and antidepressants

  • Stress management techniques

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

  • Health education and counseling

  • Regular exercise and weight training

  • Diet and nutrition counseling

By investing in your overall health and well-being, you can see significant improvements in your day-to-day life. Our patients report decreased pain, fatigue, and brain fog, as well as increased energy levels, focus, and mood.

Learn about pain management for fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia can be challenging, but you do not have to go through it alone—Dr. Matthew Rayner is here to help. The Wellness Institute of Dallas understands how to treat fibromyalgia symptoms and can develop a custom care plan to address your specific needs. Call now to schedule an appointment in Highland Park and University Park. We look forward to helping you find real and lasting relief!

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