Fibromyalgia Specialist

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Gainesville, Jasper, & Athens, GA

The widespread pain that comes with fibromyalgia can make it difficult to concentrate and can even lead to emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. At Southern Pain and Spine in Gainesville, Athens, Fayetteville, and Jasper, Georgia, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, Jordan Tate, MD, MPH, and the team take a patient-focused approach to managing fibromyalgia and preventing common complications. To book a treatment consultation, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q&A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain throughout the body. It influences the way your brain processes pain signals, which lowers your pain threshold. Even though experts aren’t sure what causes fibromyalgia, you can manage the condition with a conservative, comprehensive approach.

Many people with fibromyalgia develop it not long after a surgery, traumatic injury, infection, or period of intense psychological stress. Others with fibromyalgia get it spontaneously with no such triggering event. 

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Aside from its main symptom of widespread pain, fibromyalgia can have other symptoms as well as complications that impact your everyday life. With it, you might experience:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Bowel problems

Fibromyalgia often comes with other conditions, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Am I at risk for fibromyalgia?

There are several risk factors for fibromyalgia that put you at a higher likelihood of developing the condition. The condition is much more common in women than in men and, while you can get it at any age, your risk goes up as you get older. Other risk factors include:

  • Repetitive injuries
  • Viral infections
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obesity
  • Family members with fibromyalgia

Despite being more prevalent in individuals with these risk factors, anyone can get fibromyalgia, including children. 

What happens during my fibromyalgia treatment consultation?

When you arrive at Southern Pain and Spine, the team goes over your medical history, symptoms, and current physical health.

While there’s no single test to diagnose fibromyalgia, they might give you blood tests or imaging tests to rule out other possible causes of pain and other symptoms. 

Once they confirm your diagnosis and become familiar with your personal needs, the team can design an individualized care plan for your condition that aims to improve your quality of life. 

What are my treatment options for fibromyalgia?

While treating fibromyalgia, the team at Southern Pain and Spine focuses on improving your everyday function. After examining you and reviewing your symptoms, the team might recommend treatments such as:

  • Medication management
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Interventional pain management

Managing fibromyalgia requires effort at home, like improving the quality of your sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising. The team at Southern Pain and Spine invites you in for regular follow-ups to track improvements in your symptoms with treatment. 

Schedule your fibromyalgia treatment consultation with Southern Pain and Spine by calling the nearest office or requesting a referral online today.