Fibromyalgia

Edriss Estimé, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Clermont Internal and Cosmetic Medicine, LLC.

Edriss Estimé, MD

Internal Medicine & Cosmetic Medicine located in Clermont, FL

Fibromyalgia Specialist
Fibromyalgia is a painful and elusive disorder that impacts many people. As a specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Edriss Estimé with Clermont Internal and Cosmetic Medicine in Clermont, Florida, is there to help improve the lives of those struggling with fibromyalgia by finding ways to manage their pain, as well as other complications from this disease, such as sleep problems and mood swings.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

by Edriss Estimé, MD

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a bit of a medical mystery. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, but most experts think it originates in the nervous system. The current theory is that this condition amplifies painful sensations by changing the way the brain processes the signals.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Doctors don't have a clear understanding of fibromyalgia. It tends to present itself after trauma, infection, surgery, or some form of extreme stress. Women seem to get it more than men. It could boil down to a number of factors working together, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Gender
  • Other medical conditions

People with fibromyalgia often have other medical problems, like:

  • Tension headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

The combination of factors creates a perfect storm for fibromyalgia that involves repetitive nerve stimulation. That repetition may affect the brain and how it manages pain signals, causing an abnormal increase in certain neurotransmitters. Many researchers also believe the brain develops a memory of the pain, which enhances the body's sensitivity to it. That's why something like stress or anxiety can trigger an episode.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Typically, when a patient has widespread musculoskeletal pain for more than three months that can not be explained any other way, the likely diagnosis is fibromyalgia.

When diagnosing fibromyalgia, Dr. Estime first rules out any other reason for the pain. This involves doing a number of blood tests, such as:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Sed rate
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Thyroid function

These tests help him rule out conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, as the cause. He will also take a full medical history and discuss the pain with you.

What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?

The treatment plan normally involves medication, lifestyle changes, and self-care. Dr. Estimé will start by trying to manage the pain with various types of pain relievers. He may suggest over-the-counter pain products at first, or he may prescribe something stronger to help. In some cases, antidepressants or anti-seizure medications are effective in helping you manage your symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Self-care and lifestyle practices will include physical therapy, stress counseling, and even massage therapy to help relieve tension. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but Dr. Estime will work with you to control the episodes.

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