An estimated 5 million people in the United States are affected by fibromyalgia, making pain a central part of their lives. At Premier Spine & Pain Management, Arun Kandra, MD, and Vivek Das, MD, bring a combined experience and expertise to the problem, helping patients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania regain pain-free living. For relief from fibromyalgia, call or use the online scheduling tool. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is an incredibly frustrating and painful disorder that’s characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, which is often accompanied by:
- Sleep issues
- Memory problems
- Mood issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Approximately 75-90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women, but the complex and chronic pain condition can also strike children and men.
What causes fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is somewhat of a mystery, but researchers believe that a combination of factors may be responsible, including:
- Certain infections or illnesses
- Physical or emotional trauma
Fibromyalgia appears to affect how your brain processes pain signals by amplifying them, which is what causes the extreme discomfort.
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Unfortunately, fibromyalgia is one of the least understood chronic pain conditions, largely because it appears to have both physical and mental components, and it’s often hard to discern which came first. For example, for those living with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety can set in. Conversely, people who are depressed report widespread pain that’s consistent with fibromyalgia.
To help diagnose the condition, the American College of Rheumatology came up with a set of criteria that includes the location and duration of the pain, as well as accompanying symptoms.
Ultimately, it’s very important that you seek the medical guidance from doctors who are familiar with the disease as they understand what to look out for and what to rule out. At Premier Spine & Pain Management, both Drs. Kandra and Das have the necessary experience and expertise to help you get to the bottom of your pain.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
As pain management specialists, Dr. Das and Dr. Kandra have your comfort top of mind. The doctors sit down with you to review your symptoms and your goals in order to come up with an appropriate treatment plan for your unique situation, which may include:
- Physical therapy
Rest assured, they leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding a solution that restores your quality of life.
To find relief from the relentless pain that comes with fibromyalgia, call Premier Spine & Pain Management, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.