Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that impacts how your brain processes pain signals, increasing your pain sensitivity and decreasing your pain tolerance. The most common complaint among those with fibromyalgia is chronic pain, often in the form of trigger points. It’s also associated with:
The underlying cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. In some cases, the onset of your symptoms begins after a trauma such as surgery, injury, or extreme psychological stress. Other times, symptoms start slowly and with no apparent trigger, getting worse over time.
Fibromyalgia risk factors make certain individuals more likely to develop the condition. It’s more common among women and those who have:
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but certain lifestyle adjustments can reduce your symptoms and improve functioning.
One of the most effective ways to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms is to increase physical activity. Dr. Souidi recommends getting 20-30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Exercise can decrease pain and improve multiple fibromyalgia symptoms; it’s particularly useful in combatting low energy, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and brain fog.
Dr. Souidi may also suggest changing your sleep habits and engaging in stress-reducing activities like deep breathing or meditation. Ensure your body gets what it needs by cleaning up your diet, which means eliminating processed foods and replacing them with nutrient-rich ones.
Beyond lifestyle changes, Dr. Souidi may use medications to reduce your pain and symptoms. He may recommend:
In some cases, Dr. Souidi may suggest physical therapy, especially if you feel unsteady on your feet, struggle with balance, or have recently had multiple falls. Occupational therapy can also benefit certain individuals, as can counseling.
If you think you may have fibromyalgia or are having difficulty managing your symptoms, contact Dr. Souidi’s office today. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule.