Tom Macek, MD
Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
According to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, fibromyalgia affects nearly 10 million Americans. For those in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pain management specialist Dr. Tom Macek is a valued resource in diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia. If you’ve been living in pain for some time and are ready to find a path toward effective and reliable pain management, book a visit with Dr. Macek today, either online or by phone.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain disorder that leads to widespread pain and heightened sensitivity. It is currently the second most common medical issue affecting muscles and bones.
Medical literature has only acknowledged fibromyalgia since the 1970s, but there’s evidence to suggest that the condition has been around for far longer. Current research is focused on learning more about the causes of fibromyalgia and expanding prevention and treatment approaches.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
The symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from one individual to the next. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Sleep disruptions
- Cognitive difficulties
- Widespread pain
You may not have all these symptoms, or you may have far more trouble with one than the others. That’s part of why reaching a proper diagnosis is so challenging.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Researchers aren’t sure of the exact causes of fibromyalgia, but there is evidence to suggest a combination of causal factors, including:
- Genetic predisposition
- Certain infections
- Physical trauma or psychological stress
Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, but certain risk factors increase your chances. These include:
- Sex, with women at a greater risk than men
- Family history of the condition
- Certain disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or osteoarthritis
While it may not be possible to prevent fibromyalgia, you can reduce your risk and improve your experience of the condition by embracing a healthy lifestyle.
What are some treatments for fibromyalgia?
Dr. Macek creates a custom treatment plan to suit your needs and goals. Medication might play a role in reducing the pain of fibromyalgia. In years past, opioid medications were commonly prescribed to men and women dealing with fibromyalgia. With growing awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction, pain management specialists are looking for less risky treatment paths.
Antidepressants can help with the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Muscle relaxers can help you get a good night’s sleep. Drugs initially developed to treat epilepsy can also ease fibromyalgia pain. Even over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful.
Physical and occupational therapy are excellent treatment options, and can increase your flexibility, strength, and energy levels. If you’re suffering from emotional instability because of your fibromyalgia, counseling can make a world of difference.
When you’re ready to try a new approach to managing fibromyalgia, sit down with Dr. Macek to talk about the options. Book your visit online or by phone.