What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder in which an individual experiences tenderness and pain in the joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. It has also been related to sleep issues, fatigue, depression, and headaches. It is estimated that over 12 million Americans suffer from the disorder. It often affects women between the ages of 25 and 60. The condition reportedly affects ten times more women than men.
Symptoms and Types
Primary symptoms include pain and general achiness in the shoulders, back, and hips. Other symptoms can include sensitivity to hot or cold, headaches, incontinence, and an inability to concentrate. There are three specific types of fibromyalgia.
Generally defined as increased sensitivity to overall pain. The sensitivity to something that is uncomfortable is heightened to a level of extreme discomfort.
Unpleasant sensations that are not normally painful, primarily on the skin. It could be increased by sensitivity, for example, to certain types of material or clothing that an individual may wear.
Occurs when there is a sensation of burning or tingling on the skin. A limb may feel prickly or fall asleep and become temporarily numb.
There are a variety of prescription drugs available to help lessen symptoms. Physical therapy can also be used to treat the condition. Atlanta pain management specialist, V. K. Puppala, M.D. can help the patients decide on the best course of treatment. Those suffering from the disorder are usually advised to stay active as much as possible. Low impact activities such as walking or swimming can help relieve stress and discomfort in muscles and joints. Herbs and supplements may also help relieve some of the symptoms. Even though fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, an individual’s symptoms can be effectively managed. Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Puppala will set up a specific course of treatment.
Dr. Puppala treats patients that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia who come to him from all over Atlanta, Georgia. To make an appointment with V. K. Puppala, M.D. at his Villa Rica office call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN.