Fibromyalgia

Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fibromyalgia affects up to 10 million people in the United States, mostly women, who make up 75-90% of diagnoses. If you’re struggling with fibromyalgia, it’s important that you seek medical care from professionals who understand the condition, such as the team at Integrative Spine & Sports. Led by Jose Juan Diaz, DO, the staff has extensive experience helping their patients in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, gain the upper hand on fibromyalgia for a better quality of life. For more information, please call or use the online booking feature.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that’s characterized by:

  • Widespread pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Cognitive issues, such as memory and concentration problems
  • Moodiness, including depression and anxiety
  • Digestive issues

Fibromyalgia can affect people of any age, but most common onset is between the ages of 20 and 50, and the incidence rate increases with age thereafter, with 8% of adults over the age of 80 eventually diagnosed with the disorder. Women are also far more likely to develop fibromyalgia at all ages than men, with 75-90% of all diagnoses occurring in females.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is an extremely tough condition to diagnose, and there’s no single test that confirms its presence (which also means there’s currently no cure). Medical researchers believe that fibromyalgia tends to develop on the heels of:

  • A viral infection
  • Trauma
  • Surgery

The disorder has also been linked to genetics, as well as pre-existing autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Are there other conditions that cause widespread pain?

Outside of fibromyalgia, there are other conditions that can lead to widespread pain, with myofascial pain leading the charge. This chronic condition is caused by inflammation in your fascia, which are the connective tissues that cover the muscles throughout your body.

Myofascial pain syndrome tends to come on after repetitive stress injuries, injuries to your back (your discs), and even an absence of activity in your muscles, such as when you are immobilized by wearing a cast.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Whether you’re coping with fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, Dr. Diaz and his team endeavor to restore your quality of life through pain management and self-care techniques.

To help with the pain, they may prescribe certain medications to quiet your nerves and relax your muscles. Dr. Diaz also recognizes that these complex problems require complex solutions, which is why he approaches the problem from every angle, including lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising more
  • Eating healthy

Since there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, Dr. Diaz’s goal is to help you manage the condition to eliminate the pain and restore your previous quality of life.

To learn more about treating your fibromyalgia or myofascial pain, please call Integrative Spine & Sports or request an appointment using the online booking tool.