Fibromyalgia Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

There's no definitive test for fibromyalgia, and it's unclear why some people get it, but the pain it causes is constant and exhausting. If you have fibromyalgia symptoms, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can help. At their locations in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the board-certified pain management specialists offer relief using physical therapies and medication management. To benefit from the team's considerable expertise in treating fibromyalgia, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q&A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disease typified by widespread musculoskeletal pain, aching, and stiffness.

Fibromyalgia affects 7-8% of people in the United States and occurs at all ages, even in children. It's more common in women, but men develop fibromyalgia too. Around 25% of people with fibromyalgia are unable to work due to their disability.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn't clear. However, studies show that there are often problems with the pain pathways, immune system abnormalities, and hormonal changes in patients with fibromyalgia, suggesting multiple factors in its development.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary between patients, but typical issues include:

  • Soft tissue tenderness
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Brain fog
  • Morning stiffness
  • Muscle cramping and weakness
  • Short term memory loss
  • General fatigue
  • Tingling and numbness in your legs and arms
  • Not feeling refreshed after sleeping
  • Depression and irritability
  • Headaches and migraines

Fibromyalgia typically causes widespread pain over most of your body for months without a pain-free period. Symptoms are chronic but may alternate intensity throughout the day.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia can be challenging to diagnose because no clear-cut or sensitive tests can definitively identify the condition. Many Wisconsin Spine and Pain patients have seen multiple doctors and been through numerous investigations without getting a diagnosis.

The diagnostic process for fibromyalgia involves determining the presence of symptoms and having a detailed physical examination. One test that can be useful is where your provider applies gentle pressure to 18 specific points of your body.

If you feel pain at most or all of these points, it's a good indicator you have fibromyalgia; however, even if you don't, your provider won't rule out the diagnosis.

What treatments are available for fibromyalgia?

The primary treatment for fibromyalgia is physical therapy, but first, your provider at Wisconsin Spine and Pain needs to provide you with adequate pain relief. They achieve this with a combination of medications to quieten your nerves and relieve pain.

If you have symptoms of fibromyalgia, Wisconsin Spine and Pain provides treatments that can help. Call their nearest office or book an appointment online today.