Fibromyalgia Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes pain throughout your body and a wide range of other distressing problems. If you have symptoms of fibromyalgia, the experienced pain management specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists can help. With locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team provides advanced treatments for fibromyalgia that help you live with this incurable condition. Find treatment for fibromyalgia by calling or booking an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes chronic, widespread pain. The pain might be constant or frequently recur, affecting most of your body's muscles. Other symptoms you could experience when you have fibromyalgia include:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Problems sleeping

One of the more common fibromyalgia symptoms alongside the pain is fibro fog, a term for the memory and concentration difficulties patients experience.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is still the subject of research, with no definitive answers yet. There could be chronic inflammation at the root of your pain, and it seems likely that there's some kind of nerve dysfunction that amplifies pain signals. Genetics could also be a factor, as fibromyalgia tends to run in families.

However, why these problems should occur isn't clear. Investigations, including blood analysis and diagnostic imaging tests, don't show any abnormalities in people with fibromyalgia. Still, their pain and other symptoms are very real.

The lack of evidence in tests makes diagnosis a challenge, too. Other potential causes for your symptoms need ruling out first; then, you need to meet the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. 

One of these criteria is the presence of 18 painful areas on places like your neck, back, and knees that cause intense pain if you press on them.

What complications can occur with fibromyalgia?

When you have fibromyalgia, your risk of developing certain other conditions increases, although it's unclear what the connection is. These conditions include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Endometriosis
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep apnea

If you're experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia and need help managing your pain, the team at Stellar Pain and Spine can help.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

There's no way to cure fibromyalgia yet, but at Stellar Pain and Spine, you can benefit from their expertise in managing fibromyalgia symptoms.

Medications that help with fibromyalgia pain include low-dose antidepressants and antiseizure medicines, as well as pain killers. These shouldn't be your only treatments, though, and they need careful management to help you avoid side effects and dependency.

Physical and occupational therapy may help keep you active and able to manage routine tasks. Counseling and understanding the psychology of pain can also be extremely beneficial, and gentle forms of exercise like yoga, Pilates, and Thai Chi can also help. Some patients might benefit from advanced procedures like spinal cord stimulation.

If you're finding it hard to cope with frequent or overwhelming fibromyalgia pain, call Stellar Pain and Spine today or book an appointment online.