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Capital Brain and Spine

Desh Sahni, M.D.

Neurosurgeon & Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Austin, TX & San Antonio, TX

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 4 million adults in the United States. The chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia can leave you feeling drained and defeated. Desh Sahni, MD, at Capital Brain & Spine in Austin, Texas, specializes in the treatment of fibromyalgia and can help you get the relief you seek and improve your quality of life. For a consultation, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain throughout your entire body. Researchers believe that your brain processes pain signals differently, amplifying your pain sensation. Fibromyalgia tends to be more common in women than men.

Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but Dr. Sahni can help you manage your pain and other symptoms so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The most well-known symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread musculoskeletal pain, but you may also experience other symptoms.

Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor memory and difficulty concentrating, referred to as “fibro brain”
  • Body stiffness
  • Diarrhea or constipation.

Your fibromyalgia may also cause you to feel tingling sensations in your hands and feet.

Many people with fibromyalgia also have other health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or temporomandibular joint disease.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Researchers aren’t certain what causes fibromyalgia, but they theorize that genetics, an infection, or a traumatic event may play a role in triggering the condition. Your sensitivity to pain may be related to over-stimulation of your nerves, which changes how your body processes pain. Your brain may also develop a pain memory that triggers an overreaction to pain sensations.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Dr. Sahni provides kind and compassionate care and uses both traditional and non-traditional treatments to help relieve your fibromyalgia symptoms. No single therapy works for all fibromyalgia sufferers, and Dr. Sahni works one-on-one with you to develop the most effective treatment plan that helps reduce your pain, improve your energy, and get you back to your life.

Your treatment may include:

  • Exercise program
  • Healthy diet
  • Meditation
  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants

Dr. Sahni may also recommend massage therapy, acupuncture, or yoga. The goal of these treatments is to help reduce stress and relieve your fibromyalgia pain.

Self-care is an important part of the management for fibromyalgia. Stress and overdoing it can cause your pain to flare up. Dr. Sahni recommends you stick to a routine and keep activity levels consistent to stay in control of your fibromyalgia.

For compassionate care and management of your fibromyalgia, call Capital Brain & Spine today, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.