Answering Fibromyalgia

There was a question asked among one of our viewers regarding Fibromyalgia.  The topic is a very vast one so this will be an overview of the condition and some of the treatment methods utilized at NovaSpine Pain Institute. The definition of Fibromyalgia - a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.  Fibromyalgia can affect people differently.  Some people note pain during certain situations such as increased stress or during increased physical activity, while other people note symptoms of increased pain daily.  With the many symptoms that can be present with Fibromyalgia, it stands to reason that the treatment is multi-disciplinary.  

One of the most important components in the treatment of Fibromyalgia is a solid physical therapy base that includes stretching, yoga and physical activity. We encourage our patients to go to physical therapy and to continue a home exercise program. 

While typical Fibromyalgia pain is widely spread throughout the body, many times pain can be worse in certain areas such as the low back or neck.  If these areas are significantly painful, an evaluation will be made for possible injections such as epidurals or medial branch blocks.

Since Fibromyalgia pain can vary so much, it is crucial to assess each patient and their pain pattern.  If medications are indicated, they are reviewed completely by the provider.  The goal is to allow the patient to return to their previous level of function.  We work closely with the primary care physician, rheumatology, neurology and psychology/psychiatry to manage this complex condition.

If you feel like you could possibly have Fibromyalgia, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for evaluation and treatment plan.

Shauna Papa, RN Shauna Papa has been working with Dr. Baker as his nurse for 3 years now. She enjoys working closely with him to develop plans of care to help people in pain. Her favorite aspect of her job is seeing her patients return to their lives after receiving relief from debilitating pain conditions. She participates yearly in Pain Week in Las Vegas where she keeps up on all of the the latest advancements in pain management. Prior to working in pain management, Shauna worked extensively in trauma and emergency medicine both in the Phoenix area, and in Denver. In her time away from the office, Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and their 3 dogs Shilo, Ozzy and Baxter. She is a football fan and in keeping with her Denver roots, is a Denver Bronco super fan.

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