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Fibromyalgia is widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues above and below the waist and on both sides of the body. People with fibromyalgia feel pain, tenderness, or both even when there is no injury or inflammation.
Fibromyalgia Can Cause Long-Lasting (Chronic) Pain
It has no cure, but most patients are able to work and do their regular activities with comprehensive, expert care. When it is not controlled, patients lack energy, experience depression, or have trouble sleeping.
The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. It is believed to result from over-sensitive nerve cells, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or a hormonal disruption of the deep phase of sleep.
The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Deep or burning pain in your trunk, neck, low back, hips, and shoulders
- Tender points (or trigger points) on the body that hurt when pressed
People with fibromyalgia may have other problems, such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep problems and tiredness
- Morning stiffness
- Trouble concentrating
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Symptoms tend to come and go. You may have times when you hurt more, followed by times when symptoms happen less often, hurt less, or are absent (remissions). Some people find that their symptoms are worse in cold and damp weather, during times of stress, or when they try to do too much.
Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia
Treatment is focused on managing pain, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms. You may be able to control your symptoms with:
- Regular exercise
- Medications to manage symptoms
- Good self care, including managing stress, sleeping well, and eating well
- Complementary therapies, such as tai chi, acupuncture, massage, behavioral therapy, and relaxation techniques
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine for Fibromyalgia Treatment?
Fibromyalgia is a challenging and life-changing disease. The physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pain Management are experts in diagnosing fibromyalgia, as well as helping patients manage the disease to improve their quality of life.
Our team uses the latest research, the most advanced equipment, and innovative therapies to diagnose pain and develop customized pain management plans for each patient.
Weill Cornell Medicine also offers clinical trials, giving patients access to treatments that may not be widely available. Learn more about Pain Management's current clinical trials.
We also work closely with a broad team of specialists to help our patients regain independence, functionality, and improve their quality of life.
Learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we offer and contact us today to schedule a consultation.