Fibromyalgia Treatment Online

Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition, causes pain, fatigue, and tenderness in the muscles.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Morning stiffness
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Trouble thinking
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Fibromyalgia Online

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes musculoskeletal pain. The condition can be caused by physical trauma, such as, a surgery, infection, accident, or repetitive injuries, as well as psychological trauma. Fibromyalgia also runs in families and researchers are currently looking into whether fibromyalgia may be a result of certain genetic mutations.

Oftentimes, someone with fibromyalgia will see multiple doctors before receiving their diagnosis because, currently, there is no diagnostic test for fibromyalgia. Doctors will also have to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms before confirming the diagnosis.

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, doctors will recommend treatments to alleviate the symptoms including certain medications as well as lifestyle changes, like sleeping well, exercising often, and sticking to a healthy diet.

During a video consult on Amwell, one of our board-certified doctors will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to fibromyalgia. Then your physician will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your diagnosis will be based on the physical exam, duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for fibromyalgia is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of fibromyalgia may include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-depressants (Duloxetine and milnacipran)
  • Anti-seizure drugs

 

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • Does diet affect fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia affects woman more often than men, but it’s been found that men reported more severe symptoms than women. Women may experience the following symptoms:

    1. Cognitive and memory problems
    2. Trouble sleeping
    3. Headaches
    4. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    5. Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
    6. Numbness
    7. Morning stiffness

    Men affected by fibromyalgia may experience the following symptoms:

    1. Fatigue
    2. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    3. Tender points that will vary in number and severity
    4. Decreased physical function
    5. Lower quality of life
  • Are there any home remedies for fibromyalgia?

    There are a few home remedies you can try to help with pain caused by fibromyalgia:

    1. Exercise
    2. Yoga and meditation
    3. Acupuncture
    4. Massage
    5. Omega-3 fatty acids
    6. Apple cider vinegar
    7. Tumeric
  • Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disease?

    Fibromyalgia is not considered an autoimmune disease. There are many unknowns about this condition and as a result, more research needs to be compiled before fibromyalgia can be classified as autoimmune.

  • Is fibromyalgia hereditary?

    More research is needed to make official claims about fibromyalgia, but a few studies show that fibromyalgia is a genetic disease.

  • How do fibromyalgia symptoms vary between men and women?

    While there isn’t an established relationship between fibromyalgia and IBS, oftentimes, symptoms for the two diseases overlap. Fibromyalgia is a nervous system disorder and IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder, but both conditions are associated with a hypersensitivity to pain. While hypersensitivity for people with fibromyalgia is in their skin and muscles, hypersensitivity for IBS is in their intestines.

  • What causes fibromyalgia?

    Unfortunately, doctors haven’t proven the exact cause of fibromyalgia. However, the cause of fibromyalgia most likely involves a variety of the following factors:

    • Genetics
    • Some specific infections
    • Physical or emotional trauma

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