True Potential MD

Regenerative Medicine located in University Place, WA

The flaring pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia can seem like an immense burden to bear, but the compassionate providers of True Potential MD in University Place, Washington, are here to help. Caring medical professionals Barbara Mack, MD, and Brandi Faudree, PA-C, offer numerous solutions to help you manage and control your symptoms and chronic condition and improve your quality of life. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that warrants highly specialized care from qualified and experienced providers. Call True Potential MD, or book online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic health condition with a hallmark symptom of widespread musculoskeletal pain. The pain varies and usually presents in flares. Women are more commonly affected by fibromyalgia than men.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia usually comes with several symptoms.

Widespread pain

The pain of fibromyalgia is often described as a constant, dull ache lasting for three months or longer. Widespread pain is pain that presents above and below your waist and on both sides of your body.

Cognitive difficulties

The cognitive difficulties of fibromyalgia are called brain fog or fibro fog. Fibromyalgia can make it difficult to think straight and impair your mental focus, attention, and concentration.

Chronic fatigue

Fatigue is another of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms. The pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia often disrupt sleep. Many people with fibromyalgia also have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

Many people with fibromyalgia also have depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), tension headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

What causes fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have a clear cause, but experts point to a malfunction with the processing of pain signals in the brain that results in an amplification of painful sensations.

For many people, the fibromyalgia symptoms start after an infection, psychological stress, physical trauma, surgery, and other causes. In some cases, symptoms can gradually build up over time without a triggering event.

The onset and development of fibromyalgia might be caused or worsened by several risk factors, including:

  • Emotional or physical trauma, such as a car accident
  • Genetics
  • Infections

If you’re female, you have a family history of fibromyalgia, or if you have other disorders, such as lupus or osteoarthritis, you’re more likely to get fibromyalgia.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Your True Potential provider can diagnose fibromyalgia in different ways, for example, your provider can perform a tender point exam and firmly press on 18 specific points on your body to determine how many of the points are painful.

Your provider also asks how long you’ve had the pain and might suggest specific testing, such as blood work.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

To help with your fibromyalgia, your provider might suggest various treatment options, such as:

  • Weight loss when needed
  • Medications (pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, sleep medications)
  • Lifestyle changes, such as stress management, nutrition, and appropriate exercise
  • Supplements and vitamins
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Steroid injections and other pain-relieving injections

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to dictate your daily life when innovative solutions are available at True Potential MD. Call the office to book over the phone or request an appointment online today.