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Fibromyalgia is widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues of the body, often accompanied by digestive troubles, sleep disorders, mental impairment, headaches, and extreme fatigue. Fibromyalgia, which was once a very misunderstood condition, is now the third most prevalent rheumatologic disorder in the United States. Currently there are over 6 million reported diagnosed cases of fibromyalgia in the country.
Although there is no known cause for fibromyalgia, experts have some ideas, such as:
Diagnosing fibromyalgia may be difficult as patients tend to have normal neurological and imaging results. Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia by ruling out other conditions and looking for characteristic symptoms such as multiple spots that are tender to palpation combined with other symptoms such as fatigue, generalized muscle and back pain, as well as any digestive or sleep issues.
Various treatments for fibromyalgia are available including medications, injections as well as exercise, diet and lifestyle changes. The caring professionals at SCU Health know that no two patients are alike, and work with each patient individually to develop a customized treatment plan that works best them. We believe it is important to educate patients about their various treatment options so they may make an informed decision and play a role in the treatment process. Treatment options available at SCU include: