Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Specialists and Treatment around Boston, the South Shore, and the Cape

If you are suffering from pain due to fibromyalgia, training and experience must rank high on your list when choosing a physician to correctly diagnose and treat your condition. With over 8 years of combined experience, our caring, highly qualified, and skilled ABMS Board Certified and ACGME fellowship trained Interventional Pain Doctor can help.

Fibromyalgia Definition

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients may also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder.

Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-4% of the population, with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9:1. Evidence from research conducted in the last three decades has revealed abnormalities within the central nervous system affecting brain regions that may be linked both to clinical symptoms and research phenomena. Historically, Fibromyalgia has been considered either a musculoskeletal disease or neuropsychiatric condition. Although there is as yet no cure for fibromyalgia, some treatments have been demonstrated by controlled clinical trials to be effective in reducing symptoms, including medications, behavioral interventions, patient education, and exercise. The most recent approach of a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia involves pain index and a measure of key symptoms and severity.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

The defining symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic, widespread pain, fatigue, and heightened pain in response to tactile pressure (allodynia). Other symptoms may include tingling of the skin, prolonged muscle spasms, weakness in the limbs, nerve pain, muscle twitching, palpitations, functional bowel disturbances, and chronic sleep disturbances. Many patients experience cognitive dysfunction (known as “brain fog” or “fibrofog”), which may be characterized by impaired concentration, problems with short and long-term memory, short-term memory consolidation, impaired speed of performance, inability to multi-task, cognitive overload, and diminished attention span. Fibromyalgia is often associated with anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

Locations
Our Boston, Massachusetts-area and Cape Cod area chronic pain clinics are located in Dedham, Duxbury, Wellesley, West Yarmouth, and Mashpee.