Fibromyalgia causes generalized pain and discomfort in your body. If you have fibromyalgia, know that you’re not alone. At Arkansas Progressive Medicine, board-certified family physician Dane Flippin, MD, and the team accurately diagnose and provide innovative treatments for fibromyalgia. To learn more about the available treatments, call the office in Jonesboro, Arkansas, today or book an appointment online.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that causes pain and tenderness in your soft tissue and muscles. It can also lead to generalized exhaustion and mental distress, like depression and anxiety.
Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed as an arthritic condition, but it doesn’t cause the same joint damage or inflammation as arthritis.
Researchers theorize that people with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain because of the way their brains and spinal cords amplify pain signals.
Each person reacts differently to fibromyalgia. Though it’s similar to arthritis, fibromyalgia affects soft tissue, not the joints.
Often, a pain signal misinterpretation in the brain causes pain. The most common symptoms include:
You can develop fibromyalgia at any age, but it’s most often diagnosed during middle age. You may be at greater risk of developing fibromyalgia if you have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
There’s also some evidence of a genetic link to the chronic pain condition, which means your risk of fibromyalgia may be greater if it runs in your family.
Arkansas Progressive Medicine recommends a comprehensive workup to confirm if you have fibromyalgia. Although there’s no cure for the condition, treatment options vary from treating an underlying infection to lifestyle modification.
Arkansas Progressive Medicine also offers hyperbaric oxygen treatment and marijuana physician certifications.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe in pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. For fibromyalgia, many people experience pain relief following their therapy.
Fibromyalgia is one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in the state of Arkansas.
The team at Arkansas Progressive Medicine includes certified medical marijuana physicians who can provide the required marijuana physician certification you need to get your state medical marijuana identification card.
Arkansas Progressive Medicine works with you to develop a treatment plan unique to your needs and gives you practical advice.
For help managing your fibromyalgia, call or book an appointment online today.