Fibromyalgia causes chronic, widespread pain and other symptoms, and affects around 12 million people in the United States each year. If you have any symptoms of fibromyalgia and live near Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished anesthesiologist and pain management specialist providing expert chronic pain therapies, including ketamine infusions. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain across most of your body. The pain affects mainly muscles and connective tissues throughout the whole body and can range from a constant dull ache to severe, disabling pain.
If you have fibromyalgia, you’re probably aware of a degree of pain or discomfort most or all of the time, but it can flare up in response to triggers such as stress or changes in routine.
It’s not known exactly what causes fibromyalgia, although it seems to share similarities to both inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. If you have a family member who has fibromyalgia, you’re more likely to develop the condition.
The key fibromyalgia symptom is pain. While most chronic pain conditions affect a specific part of your body, for example, your back or your joints, fibromyalgia pain affects the entire body.
Pressure on any area of the body can cause prolonged, throbbing pain, even when it’s quite light. This can make it very difficult for people who have fibromyalgia to get comfortable, even in bed.
Fibromyalgia often causes additional symptoms, such as:
Diagnosing fibromyalgia involves excluding other possible causes, as there’s no definitive test for the condition. Dr. Demangone has considerable experience in diagnosing fibromyalgia and similar conditions like myofascial pain syndrome.
There’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are effective ways to manage your pain and other symptoms. Appropriate, regular physical activity is vital to the successful management of fibromyalgia. If you exert yourself too much, it could make your pain flare-up, but not exercising is likely to make your pain worse over time.
Gentle forms of exercise like tai chi and yoga are ideal when you have fibromyalgia.
Most patients who have fibromyalgia benefit from a combination of therapies that could include:
Dr. Demangone specializes in using ketamine infusion therapy, a newer approach to managing chronic pain conditions. Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that also helps reduce chronic pain even when other treatments aren’t providing relief.
If you have fibromyalgia or any of the symptoms, call David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment online.