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How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?

The most widely used criteria for diagnosis are either severe pain in 3 to 6 different areas of your body or milder pain in 7 or more different areas. Your symptoms have stayed at a similar level for at least three months. No other reason for your symptoms has been found.

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Our approach to managing fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that is often a lifelong condition. But fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease, meaning it will not get worse over time. It also does not cause damage to your joints, muscles, or organs.
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You can reduce your symptoms of Fibromyalgia with the right combination of lifestyle changes and medications.

Make Exercise a Priority

Low-impact exercise can help alleviate pain and fatigue. And since being overweight or obese is a risk factor for fibromyalgia, burning more calories via training can help prevent weight gain.

Look for Deficiencies

Studies show an association between vitamin D deficiency and fibromyalgia. Low vitamin D levels also come with symptoms that imitate fibromyalgia, such as depressive moods, muscular pain, and fatigue.

Vitamin D supplements have been shown to improve the life quality of patients who have fibromyalgia. Still, supplements alone aren’t your only option—getting more sun and including more fatty fish, eggs, and dairy products in your diet help as well.

Medical Treatments

Medical treatments for fibromyalgia include anticonvulsant medication (Pregabalin, Gabapentin) and some antidepressants that work on pain, like duloxetine.

Trigger point injection

Trigger point injection is an injection of the nodes in the muscle by muscle relaxants, local anesthesia, and a small dose of steroids.

Fibromyalgia isn’t life-threatening. Still, it can be challenging to live with chronic pain and fatigue. If fibromyalgia isn’t treated, your work and daily activities are more difficult to do.

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Is Interventional Pain Management Right for You?

Our team at the Clinique du Levant understands the burden of living with fibromyalgia and offers a treatment approach that touches not only your physical health but also your emotional well-being. We can help you with talk therapy, physical therapy, and pain relievers.

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