Fibromyalgia affects over 10 million people in the United States, making it one of the most common causes of chronic pain. To help you find pain relief and improve your overall quality of life, Raad Ausi, MD, offers comprehensive fibromyalgia care at Ausi Medical Center in Troy, Michigan. Dr. Ausi focuses on custom treatments that ease pain and increase mobility. He works with you long-term to prevent complications common with chronic pain and offers compassionate support to help you cope with your condition. To schedule a consultation for fibromyalgia, call Ausi Medical Center today or book an appointment online now.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread muscle pain throughout your body. The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t well understood, but it may develop due to dysfunction in the way your brain processes pain signals.
While pain can protect us from danger, those with fibromyalgia experience chronic pain that may be abnormally amplified by your brain. Pain may initially be triggered by one or more factors but become chronic and difficult to treat over time. Events that can trigger fibromyalgia pain include:
Psychological stress may also trigger or worsen pain of fibromyalgia.
The hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread aches and persistent pain that lasts three months or longer and isn’t resolved with rest and home care. This pain affects both sides of your body and can develop on both the upper and lower half of your body.
Because of the ongoing pain, people with fibromyalgia also experience symptoms like:
Those with the disease often have other underlying conditions that accompany fibromyalgia, such as irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. Due to the disruption in your life, fibromyalgia can also increase your risk for developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related issues.
Generally, the symptoms of ongoing, widespread pain are diagnosed as fibromyalgia. Dr. Ausi may request X-rays or blood work to rule out infections and other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
Once he understands your diagnosis, Dr. Ausi creates a treatment plan that focuses on effective pain relief and your ability to stay active and independent.
Treatments for fibromyalgia vary from person to person based on the severity of pain. Dr. Ausi works closely with you to determine which medications can relieve pain and improve your quality of life. Medications may also be necessary to help you get good-quality sleep each night.
To improve your physical strength, Dr. Ausi may also refer you for physical therapy or recommend an exercise program you can do at home. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety because of your pain, Dr. Ausi offers both support and guidance to help you cope. He can also refer you for professional counseling services.