Beverly Hills Migraine and Pain Management Institute
Chronic Pain Physician and Headache Specialist located in Beverly Hills, CA & Woodland Hills, CA
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects around 4 million American adults. If you live with widespread pain, stiffness, and fatigue, contact Benjamin Taimoorazy, MD, at Beverly Hills Migraine and Pain Management Institute in Beverly Hills and Encino, California. Dr. Taimoorazy provides personalized treatment plans to relieve your pain and other symptoms, reduce your reliance on medication, and restore your quality of life. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness. The disease can be challenging to diagnose and treat. The symptoms mimic other health problems, and every patient has a unique experience and needs.
The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t fully understood. However, medical researchers believe it’s caused by abnormalities in how your brain perceives nerve signals or the function of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG).
Your DRG is the bundle of nerve cells that transmits signals from your peripheral nerves to your spinal cord and brain.
Some of the risk factors for fibromyalgia include chronic stress, injury, and infection. A family history of fibromyalgia or an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can increase your chances of developing the disease.
What are the signs of fibromyalgia?
Most patients describe fibromyalgia pain as a persistent dull ache at various points in the body. Some experience burning or tingling sensations. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Sleep disruptions
- Sleeping for a long time but not feeling refreshed
- Depression and anxiety
- Brain fog
- Reduced cognitive abilities
- Memory lapses
- Interstitial cystitis
- Dry eyes
If these symptoms sound familiar or if you have long-term pain without an identifiable cause, make an appointment with Dr. Taimoorazy for help.
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single test that identifies fibromyalgia. Dr. Taimoorazy instead conducts a thorough exam and testing to evaluate your symptoms and rule out other conditions.
He might order blood tests, X-rays, and other diagnostic studies to identify the root cause of your symptoms.
How is fibromyalgia treated?
Dr. Taimoorazy aims to relieve your pain, restore your quality of life, and reduce your reliance on medication. While some medicines help manage fibromyalgia symptoms, he usually combines therapies to create customized treatment plans.
Depending on your needs, your treatment plan could include:
- Physical therapy
- Medical management
- Intravenous (IV) infusion of Ketamine
- Regenerative medicine
You might also benefit from introducing stress management and other healthy practices into your routine. Some patients find that daily gentle exercise, such as walking or swimming, helps control their symptoms.
Eating a plant-based diet and cutting out sugar may also improve your overall wellness.
Dr. Taimoorazy works with you to find the best treatments to manage your symptoms so you can lead an active and fulfilling life. Call Beverly Hills Migraine and Pain Management Institute or make an appointment online today.