Fibromyalgia

Pain Management of Oklahoma

Pain Management Physicians located in Broken Arrow, OK & Sand Springs, OK

If you experience widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, poor sleep, and mood swings, you may have fibromyalgia. But with the help of pain medicine specialists Brent Henderson, DO, and Jeff Halford, DO, you can undergo comprehensive fibromyalgia treatments at Pain Management of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, or Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Call any office to book your fibromyalgia evaluation today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common forms of chronic pain, but medical experts don’t have a clear explanation as to what causes it. Researchers believe that the pain you experience is due to overactive nerves. 

As your nerve functions change, you develop abnormal increases in brain chemicals that signal neurotransmitters. There are essentially faulty signals going off telling your brain that there’s pain, even though everything is fine. Something as simple as slight pressure from your clothing can cause pain. 

Women are more likely than men to suffer from fibromyalgia. Your risk is higher if you:

  • Had a serious infection
  • Have fibromyalgia in your family
  • Experienced trauma, including a car accident

Fibromyalgia also seems to be more common among those suffering from inflammatory conditions, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. 

How does a doctor diagnose fibromyalgia?

There isn’t a single test that diagnoses fibromyalgia. Instead, Dr. Henderson and Dr. Halford rely on a physical examination, certain blood tests, and an evaluation of your symptoms. You may have fibromyalgia if you have widespread pain that lasts for at least three months in addition to:

  • Trigger points or tender points
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Poor focus 
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes 

Fibromyalgia is often also associated with bladder problems, such as interstitial cystitis. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate another day to contact Pain Management of Oklahoma.

What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?

Dr. Henderson and Dr. Halford are diligent about helping you find fibromyalgia relief, so you can live your life without pain and limitations. Your fibromyalgia treatment plan might include several of the following therapies:

  • Antidepressants or antiseizure drugs
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Prescription pain relievers  
  • Sleep medications
  • Dietary changes

Certain types of exercises can lower stress and prevent fibromyalgia pain, too. You may benefit from yoga, tai chi, or even regular walks. Pain Management of Oklahoma providers collaborate to ensure your fibromyalgia treatment plan provides fast and long-lasting relief. 

With the help of Pain Management of Oklahoma, you won’t have to let fibromyalgia take over your life another day. Book your fibromyalgia exam online or call the clinic nearest you to schedule.