Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million adults in the United States but is often difficult to diagnose and treat because its symptoms can mimic so many other medical conditions. Dr. James Ashford is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who is well-known throughout northern Georgia for his expertise in treating this painful and often debilitating condition. He and his team, at Ashford Pain Solutions in Athens, Georgia, are dedicated to providing long-term solutions for fibromyalgia. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book your visit online.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body, difficulty sleeping, and sometimes overwhelming fatigue. The exact cause of fibromyalgia remains a mystery to medical researchers, but people with this condition may be more sensitive to pain than those without fibromyalgia. Fortunately, Dr. Ashford offers many effective treatments that can relieve your symptoms and help you live pain-free again.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary in intensity and frequency, but most commonly include:
People with fibromyalgia may also experience tingling or numbness in the hands and feet and/or digestive problems that may include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and other symptoms often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Individuals with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are known to have a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Other factors that may increase your risk include:
Women are also twice as likely to get fibromyalgia as men. Obesity may also play a role in individuals who develop fibromyalgia.
Effective treatment for fibromyalgia requires a comprehensive approach that addresses your individual needs. Dr. Ashford may recommend:
Although it may be the last thing you feel like doing, routine exercise is often very beneficial in treating fibromyalgia. Dr. Ashford is careful to design a program that’s suitable for your overall health and improves your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular conditioning.
For relief from fibromyalgia pain and the debilitating effects it has on your life, call Ashford Pain Solutions today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.