Fibromyalgia

Monday, June 09, 2014

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that involves pain and tenderness throughout the body as well many other symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that tends to last a long time. It can be very painful but is not life threatening.

Although fibromyalgia is considered similar to arthritis because it causes pain in the joints and muscles, it does not cause inflammation or physical damage to the body.

In addition to pain, the most common symptoms are sleep problems, fatigue, problems with memory and thinking clearly and depression.

The causes of fibromyalgia are not known but it may result from many factors, including physically or emotionally stressful events, repetitive injury or illness.

Doctors think that how a persons brain responds to pain plays a role, perhaps from inheriting certain genes.

There is not a lab test for fibromyalgia, so doctors need to rule out other problems first.

A team approach to treatment may work best, including a doctor, psychologist and physical therapist. Medications may be prescribed for pain. Other treatment options may include acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and exercise, which is the only evidence-based helpful treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.