Pain Management Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Despite so many people suffering from fibromyalgia, it remains a mystery to many doctors who are unfamiliar with the condition. There are no specific diagnostic tests which can confirm its diagnosis and the symptoms the condition presents often show up in other types of medical conditions. This often results in a misdiagnosis, leaving the patient still suffering and with no relief in sight. This is why it is important to be treated by a pain management specialist who has extensive medical experience in treating the condition.
At LifeWorks Integrative Health, we have a full team of pain management specialist who understand what the patient is dealing with and will be able to develop a treatment plan to help ease the symptoms. Contact our Shawnee KS office today to find out how we can help.
Who Treats Fibromyalgia?
One of the many frustrations that fibromyalgia sufferers deal with is that they are often not taken seriously by the medical professionals they seek help from. Their doctors often do not believe that the patient is really suffering from debilitating pain and fatigue because there is no obvious cause. This is why fibromyalgia is often referred to as an invisible disease.
When looking for a pain management specialist to treat fibromyalgia symptoms, a patient should make sure that he or she is experienced and knowledgeable about some of the alternative forms of treatment that often bring relief. These can include:
- Physical therapy
- Sleep management
And because fibromyalgia often triggers other physical conditions, a patient should make sure their pain management specialist is familiar with treating those, as well. Many fibro sufferers experience headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and jaw pain.
Fibro sufferers who are seeking a pain management specialist may find their own primary care physician is very familiar with the condition. Fibro patients often have more than one medical professional working together for treatment, so the patient’s primary care physician may be the one overseeing the entire treatment plan.
Many fibro patients also may include treatments from a rheumatologist. Rheumatologists specialize in autoimmune diseases and those that involve the musculoskeletal system. They often treat patients for arthritis, gout, and other conditions which cause damage and/or inflammation to joints. Although fibromyalgia does not fall into any of these categories, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are very similar.
It is also critical for a fibro patient to receive treatment from a pain management specialist who specializes in pain medicine to help the patient find relief from pain that does not only involve prescription medications, which can have their own set of adverse side effects.
When in search for a pain management specialist, a patient should find out what – if any – type of medications the doctor recommends. The patient should also inquire as to whether the specialist utilizes other treatments, such as supplements and acupuncture, in treatment programs.
Contact a Shawnee KS Pain Management Specialist Today
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or are suffering its symptoms but have been unable to get a confirmed diagnosis, contact LifeWorks Integrative Health today to set up an appointment with a skilled and compassionate pain management specialist Shawnee KS patients recommend.