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Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease accompanied by diffuse symmetric pain, depression, sleep disturbances, characteristic pain points, and other manifestations. The term fibromyalgia comes from ‘fibro’ meaning fibrous tissue (tendons and ligaments), ‘my’ meaning muscle, and ‘algia’ meaning pain. Unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia does not cause pain or swelling in the joints. This disease provokes pain in the soft tissues around the joints and organs throughout the body. Because fibromyalgia does not produce symptoms that are outwardly noticeable, this condition is sometimes referred to as “the invisible disability” or “irritable everything.”

This disease affects about 4 million US adults, about 2% of the adult population. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but it can be effectively treated and managed. In this article, you will learn in more detail about the specific treatments that are most effective at the present time. However, it is worth remembering that only a highly qualified doctor can prescribe treatment based on the patient’s specific situation. As soon as you found the symptoms of this ailment in yourself, you should immediately seek the advice of a neurologist.

Methods to prevent fibromyalgia

Although the causes of fibromyalgia syndrome are currently not known, doctors have already gained vital information to help its proactive treatment. It is quite obvious that this ailment is a complex problem and more than just muscle pain.

For example, fibromyalgia syndrome often develops after physical injury (accident or serious illness), which may act as a trigger for predisposed individuals. Not all cases of this disease can be considered post-traumatic. It often shows its first signs after physical or emotional stress and can also be aggravated by them.

It is now becoming increasingly clear that there is a disturbance in the pain perception system in fibromyalgia. It was found that fibromyalgia patients are more sensitive to pressure anywhere in their bodies. Some researchers suggest that there is a familial predisposition to FMS. In this regard, recently, many scientists have shown interest in genetic research.

There is currently no “magic pill” for fibromyalgia, but these studies have contributed to the treatment of fibromyalgia, which aims to manage the symptoms of FMS as much as possible. Since the individual manifestations of fibromyalgia vary from patient to patient, methods that work for one case may not work for another. Therefore, procedures for FMS therapy are always strictly individual. First of all, it is necessary to undergo a qualified clinical assessment from a neurologist for the main symptoms such as:

  • Mental disorders
  • The severity of pain syndrome
  • Conditions of pain points, etc.

Based on this, there are several types of fibromyalgia treatment.

Non-drug treatments for fibromyalgia

Certain treatments, such as massage, ultrasound, and mineral baths, briefly improved fibromyalgia symptoms compared to placebo. But the acupuncture procedure did not show significant clinical improvement over placebo in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia. And yet, cognitive-behavioral therapy and exercise are believed to be more effective in non-drug treating fibromyalgia. With both treatment methods, there is a persistent improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms (more than one year).

  • Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy assumes that distorted or dysfunctional thinking underlies psychological disorders of the personality. A person makes erroneous inferences due to improper training in the process of personality development. As a rule, these thoughts are poorly understood, taken for granted, or even denied altogether. Therapy consists of searching for distortions of thinking, correcting them, and teaching a more realistic worldview, which leads to an improvement in well-being and harmonization of behavior. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a very promising area of ​​treatment for fibromyalgia.
  • The task of physiotherapy exercises is to teach the patient methods of strengthening weakened muscles, relaxing tense ones. In daily activities, patients usually replace some muscles and overexert others. They make the same mistakes when doing gymnastics, which can lead to increased pain. The doctor’s task in this situation is to help the patient realize the patient’s mistakes and correct the previously learned movements. In the future, the person will use the acquired skills when performing aerobic exercise. Controlled experiments have confirmed the value of aerobics in the treatment of fibromyalgia: they have increased the quality of life-related to health.

Drug treatment for fibromyalgia

Drug treatment for fibromyalgia

  • Antidepressants. One of the effective methods of neurological treatment of pain syndrome in fibromyalgia is the use of antidepressants, which can reduce the intensity of pain, strengthen sleep and reduce fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia.
  • Muscle relaxants. The drug tizanidine is often used in neurology to treat fibromyalgia side pain.
  • Anticonvulsants. For example, pregabalin caused a moderate reduction in pain in fibromyalgia, improved sleep, and improved quality of life but did not affect the severity of depressive mood. In addition, patients with fibromyalgia treated with pregabalin experienced reductions in fatigue and anxiety. Gabapentin appears to have similar efficacy for fibromyalgia as pregabalin. Some hypnotics, notably zopiclone and zolpidem, have improved sleep and decreased fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia. However, sleeping pills had little or no effect on pain intensity.
  • Local anesthetics. The systemic use of lidocaine in neurology has also been used to treat patients with fibromyalgia: single and course infusions of lidocaine at doses of 5–7 mg/kg led to a rather noticeable reduction in pain in patients with fibromyalgia. In a recent randomized controlled trial in patients with fibromyalgia, 50 mg of lidocaine was injected into the painful point of the trapezius muscle. As a result, not only a local reduction in pain at the injection site was noted, but also a general analgesic effect.

In any case, only an experienced neurologist should prescribe treatment. After consultation with a specialist, the patient will receive a detailed description of the specific disease suitable for him or her. We hope that our article helped you learn about the methods of treating fibromyalgia. Contact the Lone Star Neurology Clinic for more information.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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