Fibromyalgia

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to define who you are. With the right treatment, you can gain control over your chronic pain and live a happy, healthy life. The experienced team at Pinnacle Health Group in Tampa, Florida, specializes in the medical management of fibromyalgia and works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your symptoms. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes you to feel pain throughout your entire body. The pain can be so debilitating that it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. You may also experience difficulty concentrating, as well as chronic fatigue with fibromyalgia.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, but believe genetics and environmental factors may play a role. A traumatic experience, including physical or psychological trauma, may also trigger fibromyalgia.

It’s been theorized that repeated nerve stimulation causes changes in your brain that may affect your pain signals so the pain you experience is amplified. Your brain’s pain receptors may also develop a type of memory for your pain, making you more sensitive to stimulation that may cause your body to overreact to various sensations.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Your Pinnacle Health Group provider conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your painful symptoms. For a fibromyalgia diagnosis, you need to be experiencing widespread pain, which means pain in all extremities, for three or more months.

While there’s no one single test that can confirm a fibromyalgia diagnosis, your provider may recommend various blood tests to rule out other causes of your pain.

What treatments can improve my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Your practitioner develops a personalized treatment plan to help improve the symptoms caused by your fibromyalgia. Symptom management usually revolves around medication and lifestyle changes.

Medications that may help your symptoms include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medication

Your provider at Pinnacle Health Group also works closely with you to help you make changes to your lifestyle to improve your symptoms. Engaging in regular exercise may significantly help reduce your pain and improve energy levels. If you’re struggling with an exercise program, your provider may refer you to a physical therapist who can devise a plan that fits both your fitness level and health needs.

Massage therapy may also be recommended to reduce pain, relieve stress, and improve sleep.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition, but it doesn’t have to take over your life. For compassionate care, call Pinnacle Health Group today or book an appointment online.