Take the Pain Out of Fibromyalgia with Multiple Treatment Approaches

At Blue Ridge Pain Management Associates, our expert team of pain medicine physicians and certified physician assistants are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia.

Because we understand the complex nature of fibromyalgia, we know that a single treatment method rarely accomplishes the goal of relieving your pain and preventing this often-frustrating condition from taking control of your life. What works for someone else may not be your best treatment option.

We’re happy to explain the benefits of our clinically proven, multipronged treatment approach for fibromyalgia pain.

Understanding fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition that causes chronic (long-term) and widespread pain throughout your body.

Your symptoms may include a constant, dull, aching pain that occurs on both sides of your body and above/below your waist. 

Fibromyalgia can also cause:

To add to the complexity, fibromyalgia often exists along with other painful conditions such as:

Living with fibromyalgia can also cause depression and anxiety as well as social isolation as you experience a decreased ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed. With such a wide array of symptoms and complications, it’s understandable that fibromyalgia is often difficult to diagnose and treat.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Medical science isn’t clear regarding the cause of fibromyalgia. It may be related to your genetic profile, since it does tend to run in families. Women are also much more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia. We do know that symptoms can begin after a viral or bacterial infection and/or physical or emotional trauma.

Evidence seems to indicate that fibromyalgia pain is related to an abnormal increase of pain signals in the brain, which can eventually cause pain receptors to become overly sensitive. It’s important to note, however, that the pain is real and not due to an overactive imagination.

How we treat fibromyalgia

At Blue Ridge Pain Management Associates, we’ve found the most effective treatment plan for fibromyalgia involves a combination of therapies.

Our treatments are customized to fit your needs and may include:

The patient-first, comprehensive approach we take at Blue Ridge also includes self-care strategies that you can implement at home, including:

We may also recommend counseling to help you overcome issues associated with chronic pain.

You can rely on our care team to provide support throughout your treatment for fibromyalgia. If you’re struggling with fibromyalgia, and current or previous treatments haven’t helped you achieve ongoing relief, we can help.

If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, schedule a visit today by calling one of our offices in Salem, Christiansburg, or Roanoke, Virginia. 

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