Fibromyalgia

Clinical Services: Pain Management
Upper West Side
2315 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10024
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(646) 962-0438
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Gramercy Park and Murray Hill
240 East 59th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Mon-Fri 08:20am - 05:00pm
Fax
(646) 962-0438
Call
(646) 962-PAIN (7246)
Lower Manhattan
156 William Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Mon-Fri 08:20am - 05:00pm
Fax
(646) 962-0438
Call
(646) 962-PAIN (7246)

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.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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
  • Headaches
  • 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
  • Counseling
  • 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.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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