Fibromyalgia Specialist

The Pain Relief and Wellness Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Bay City, TX & Lake Jackson, TX

In the United States, between 80-90% of all fibromyalgia cases are found in women, but there are ways to manage this complex condition. Board-certified pain medicine specialist Ajay Aggarwal, MD, and his experienced team at The Pain Relief Center in Bay City and Lake Jackson, Texas, offer the most advanced solutions available to help treat chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. To find relief from the pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

The word fibromyalgia means pain in the body’s tissues and muscles. This arthritis-like condition is known for causing widespread neuromuscular pain and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia is often described as a syndrome because it includes a group of symptoms and signs that occur together. Many people with fibromyalgia have sensitive trigger points on their body that can cause intense pain and a consistent ache that lasts for at least three months.

Common trigger points associated with fibromyalgia include:

  • Upper chest
  • Hips and knees
  • Tops of shoulders
  • Outer elbows
  • Back of the head

Approximately 6 million Americans have fibromyalgia, and it most commonly affects women between 35-65 years of age. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

There are no lab tests that can definitively diagnose fibromyalgia. When the American College of Rheumatology first recognized fibromyalgia in 1990, they provided detailed guidelines to help reach a diagnosis, including:

  • A history of pain for at least three months
  • Pain on both sides of the body above and below the waist
  • Pain in at least 11 trigger-point sites lined up symmetrically along the body

Unfortunately, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can often be the same as other conditions, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, and certain immune dysfunction diseases.

To reach an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Aggarwal and his team rely on their extensive experience helping patients manage the condition. They also perform a comprehensive medical exam while discussing your symptoms and medical history. In some cases, they may recommend a full blood panel to eliminate other underlying conditions that could be causing your chronic pain.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Dr. Aggarwal treats a number of fibromyalgia patients. In more than half of his patients, he’s successfully reduced their pain, symptoms, and improved their overall condition.

Based on your symptoms, Dr. Aggarwal and his team might recommend a variety of pain management techniques, including:

  • Medications to improve your sleep and help reduce your pain
  • Customized exercise programs to stretch your muscles and improve your aerobic fitness
  • Relaxation techniques designed to relieve anxiety and ease muscle tension
  • Educational programs to help you understand and manage your condition

By working closely with you, Dr. Aggarwal and his team can help outline a personalized approach that can relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health.

To learn more about fibromyalgia, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.