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How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia sufferers often complain of widespread pain, but haven’t been able to get a specific diagnosis. Because fibromyalgia is linked to so many different symptoms, it can be tricky to figure out if you have fibromyalgia, or if your pain stems from something else. If you experience several of the issues below, it’s likely that you may have fibromyalgia:
- Chronic fatigue
- Depression or anxiety
- Pain or stiffness first thing in the morning
- Numbness or tingling in your extremities
- Sensitive or tender spots
- Urinary pain
- Increase in urinary frequency
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Frequent headaches
- Abnormally painful menstrual cramps (women)
Which test diagnoses fibromyalgia?
There isn’t one unique test that helps your physician diagnose fibromyalgia; rather, the doctors at Elite Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Mason evaluate your overall symptoms. They gather all of your family medical history, as well as a detailed explanation of everything you’re currently experiencing.
It’s helpful to keep a journal of your symptoms for several days before your first appointment. Write down which symptoms you’re having, when they occur, and what improves your pain (if anything).
Your physician goes through a physical exam with you, too. They need to feel your lymph nodes and may press on tender points to check for inflammation. You might even need to have some blood drawn at the lab to check inflammatory markers or nutritional deficiencies. Usually though, you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and begin a treatment plan at your first appointment.
Can you treat fibromyalgia?
Yes, we offer treatment. You can get relief once your dedicated physician puts together a treatment plan for you. Fibromyalgia treatment may include:
- Trigger Point Injections
- Joint Injections
- PRP Injections
- Regenerative Medicine Injections
- Chiropractic Treatments
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Weight loss
- B12 Injections
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Massage therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Physical therapy
- Dietary or herbal supplements