If you live with fibromyalgia pain, you know how challenging it can be. Many people describe it as a dull ache often accompanied by fatigue and sometimes brain fog.
One unusual thing about fibromyalgia is the way it’s widespread. Rather than concentrating in one part of your body like many chronic pain problems, fibromyalgia pain extends to many different areas, often without rhyme or reason, and can make certain parts feel extra tender.
Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but they believe it’s a mix of genetics, environmental factors, and stress levels. Some people seem to experience triggered fibromyalgia systems during periods of physical or emotional trauma, or following infections.
At the Spine & Pain Center of San Antonio in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, Dr. Sergio Alvarado and our skilled team can help manage your painful fibromyalgia symptoms. From medication management to administering radiofrequency ablation or suggesting an alternative therapy like acupuncture, our experienced pain management specialists can create a personalized treatment plan for you.
Fibromyalgia affects about four million people in the United States, or about 2% of the adult population. It’s more likely to affect women than men.
While there’s currently no known cure for fibromyalgia, there are many ways to approach — and effectively ease — its painful symptoms. Here are a few ways we can help.
This ancient Chinese medical practice places tiny needles into specific body points. The basis of acupuncture is placing these needles in specific areas will stimulate the body’s energy flow and promote healing. Many people find it relaxes them and stimulates their endorphins, or the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Your body has more overall mobility with a healthy, flexible spine. Years of poor posture can lead to aches and pains, and chiropractic adjustments can reduce such pain. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and soft tissue therapies to improve your body’s spinal alignment for drug-free, long-term pain relief.
You don’t have to be a Jedi master to improve your mental awareness of your body’s response to pain. Biofeedback uses sensors attached to your body to measure your heart rate, skin temperature, and muscle tension so you learn to recognize changes in your body and trigger a relaxation response instead of a fibromyalgia flare.
Relaxation is an excellent way to release stress and reduce pain symptoms. Guided imagery helps you create inspiring mental movies in your head you can turn to and, combined with deep breathing techniques, help lower your stress levels.
Trigger points are muscle knots due to stress or injury. One of our medical professionals can administer an injection to help your muscles relax and ease inflammation.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an innovative treatment that uses radio waves to stop pain. When other methods haven’t worked, RFA might be the answer. Using an electrical current to heat specific nerve tissue, it stops pain signals without causing damage to surrounding areas. RFA can be a helpful alternative to surgery.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) implants a small device under your skin. This device delivers mild electrical pulses to your nerves which disrupts your brain’s signals so you experience less pain. If you’re a candidate for SCS, you’ll control the electrical stimulation via a handheld remote.
There are dozens of ways to manage fibromyalgia pain, and everyone responds to treatments differently. Some people find significant pain relief with one or more of these treatments, while others find a different path forward. Additionally, this is just a small sampling of some options you may not have considered.
It’s important to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your fibromyalgia symptoms. At Spine & Pain Center of San Antonio in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, we can help you create a personalized fibromyalgia pain management plan. To learn more, give us a call today or click online to schedule a visit any time.