Rheumatology Clinic of DFW, PLLC
Rosy Rajbhandary, MD
Board Certified Rheumatologist located in Burleson, TX
Fibromyalgia symptoms may not be apparent to other people, but you could be suffering constant pain across most of your body. If you have fibromyalgia, double board-certified rheumatologist Rosy Rajbhandary, MD, at Rheumatology Clinic of DFW, PLLC, in Burleson, Texas, can help. Dr. Rajbhandary offers a compassionate, holistic approach to reducing your pain and other symptoms, using tried-and-tested methods and the latest advances in fibromyalgia treatment. To benefit from comprehensive fibromyalgia care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder whose primary symptom is widespread pain. This pain could affect muscles, joints, and connective tissues all over your body for most or all of the time. You might feel bruised and tender and ache everywhere, but you won't see any visible marks to explain these sensations.
Fibromyalgia also causes a range of additional symptoms unique to each patient. These include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Temperature and light sensitivity
- Food intolerances
- Depression and anxiety
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Problems sleeping
Another common problem for patients with fibromyalgia is "fibro fog." This is a collection of cognitive issues such as difficulties concentrating, trouble with your memory, and an inability to think clearly.
What causes fibromyalgia?
There are several theories about what causes fibromyalgia, including nerve dysfunction and widespread inflammation, but there's no confirmed cause as yet.
The condition often affects people who are related, so there could be a genetic link. Patients with fibromyalgia are more likely to have an autoimmune disorder as well.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is also challenging, as there are no lab tests that can confirm you have the disease. Therefore, you might need to undergo a series of tests and examinations to make sure there's no other cause for your symptoms.
One good indicator is the tender point test. There are 18 places from your back and neck to the insides of your knees that are especially painful if you put pressure on them. Having 11 or more of these tender points increases the likelihood of a fibromyalgia diagnosis, but you may have fewer and still meet the other criteria.
What treatments can help with fibromyalgia?
Although there's currently no cure for fibromyalgia, Dr. Rajbhandary offers invaluable support and therapies to help you manage the symptoms and significantly improve your quality of life. Your treatment plan might include:
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing your alcohol intake
- Stress reduction strategies
- Yoga and tai chi
- Physical therapy
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Pain-relieving creams or oral medications
- Trigger point therapy
Exercise is vital for keeping your body moving, improving circulation, and boosting your mood. However, it can be a challenge trying to exercise when your pain makes it difficult to get out of bed some days. Dr. Rajbhandary can help by giving you a better understanding of your pain.
If fibromyalgia is stopping you from living the life you deserve, call Rheumatology Clinic of DFW, PLLC, today or book an appointment online.