Fibromyalgia can be overwhelming, as not only does the condition cause widespread pain and disrupt many aspects of your life, but you may feel no one understands what you’re going through. Board-certified rheumatologist Kiran Farheen, MD, at Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists in Katy, Texas, does understand, and she’s available to help you manage your fibromyalgia symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. To schedule an appointment to see Dr. Farheen, call her office today or use the convenient online booking feature.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting your central nervous system. Common symptoms include:
When you have fibromyalgia, there’s a problem with how your central nervous system processes pain signals. You have certain “trigger points,” areas on your body where your brain interprets even light pressure as painful. Your trigger points may be located on the back of your head, the tops of your shoulders, or your upper chest, hips, knees, and elbows.
Fibromyalgia isn’t life-threatening, and though symptoms may worsen over time, it doesn’t follow a predictable course the way many other progressive diseases do. However, fibromyalgia can affect your entire body and greatly disrupt your life, so it’s crucial to get treatment.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but common risk factors include:
It may seem confusing that fibromyalgia can have psychological, genetic, and physical triggers. Keep in mind that fibromyalgia affects your brain, specifically the way it interprets pain signals, not the parts of your body where you experience symptoms.
As a rheumatologist, Dr. Farheen has extensive knowledge and experience in managing chronic pain and other disruptive symptoms from chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia. Though fibromyalgia isn’t curable, you can control your symptoms and improve your quality of life with medication, including:
In addition to medication, Dr. Farheen helps you follow habits that improve your mood, energy, and overall sense of well-being. This can include reducing your stress while maintaining a manageable level of daily activity, practicing good sleep habits, and participating in physical and occupational therapy. Though these changes may sound difficult if you’re already in significant pain and feeling overwhelmed, the right combination of medication and support can give you the boost you need to benefit from self-care.
To get help if you’re living with fibromyalgia, call Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists or schedule an appointment with Dr. Farheen online today.