Treatment for Your Fibromyalgia

Around 4 million Americans live with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that can cause pain and tenderness throughout the body, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and emotional distress. While the causes of fibromyalgia aren’t fully understood, researchers believe this condition affects the way the body and brain send and process pain signals. 

At Interventional Pain Center in Worthington and Newark, Ohio, Sachida Manocha, MD, provides personalized treatment programs for patients with fibromyalgia. In this blog, he explains the treatment options that are available.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia

The first step in treating fibromyalgia is getting the correct diagnosis. Fibromyalgia can be tricky to diagnose. There’s no specific test that can identify the condition, and the symptoms can be similar to several other conditions.

Often, it’s a matter of running tests until Dr. Manocha rules out the other potential causes. Dr. Manocha understands that the process can be frustrating, but he won’t stop until he knows exactly what’s causing your pain and which treatments will help you the most.

Treating fibromyalgia

Once Dr. Manocha confirms that fibromyalgia is the cause of your symptoms, he’ll discuss your treatment options. They might include any of the following:

Medication

Dr. Manocha might recommend certain medications depending on your symptoms. For example, muscle relaxers may be able to ease your pain, or you might benefit from a sleep aid or an antidepressant. 

Targeted exercises

This may seem counterintuitive, but exercise is often an effective treatment for chronic pain conditions. Dr. Manocha will work with you to create a fun and sustainable physical activity plan, taking into account your health and physical limitations. Your activities might include walking, swimming, yoga, or tai chi. Exercise may also enhance your sleep and boost your mood. 

Multiwave Locked System laser therapy

Multiwave Locked System® (MLS) laser therapy delivers multiple therapeutic wavelengths directly into sore, stiff tissues. Using multiple energy wavelengths can reduce pain, inflammation, and fluid buildup more effectively than other laser treatments that only use one wavelength.

Multiwave Locked System laser therapy can also accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve vascular activity, and improve nerve function. It can also boost the immune system and release trigger points.

Alternative therapies

Here at Interventional Pain Center, we take an integrative approach to pain management and wellness. We often suggest alternative therapies, too, such as acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation. We’ll explore all therapies — traditional and nontraditional — to help you feel your best. 

If you have fibromyalgia and want treatment, or if you want to see if you have fibromyalgia, Dr. Manocha can give you a thorough evaluation and discuss your next steps. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Interventional Pain Center today.

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