Fibromyalgia Specialist

Pain Management located in Colorado Springs, CO

Fibromyalgia services offered in Colorado Springs, CO

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes body-wide pain, fatigue, and problems with thinking and memory. An estimated 2-4% of people in the United States have fibromyalgia. While no single treatment works for all people with fibromyalgia, Helen-Elena Emegbagha, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and the team at Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs, take an individualized approach to fibromyalgia management. For personalized care for your fibromyalgia, call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q&A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain and sensitivity to touch. The pain tends to come and go, and the areas of sensitivity move around the body.

It’s theorized that people with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain. Their brain’s pain volume sensor is turned up too high, amplifying the sensation.

Researchers are still investigating what causes fibromyalgia but believe it occurs from an outside trigger, such as an infection or traumatic event (physical or emotional). These triggers alter how the body communicates with the brain and spinal cord, causing the change in pain perception.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

All-over body pain is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia. You may also have very specific areas of the body that seem more sensitive than others. 

In addition to pain, fibromyalgia causes:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Fibro fog (difficulty thinking and concentrating, problems with memory)
  • Depression

People with fibromyalgia may also struggle with other chronic health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches, or migraines.

Fibromyalgia symptoms are similar to other chronic pain conditions, making it hard to diagnose accurately. If you have all-over body pain and can’t get the help you need, schedule a consultation at Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs.

What can I expect during a fibromyalgia evaluation?

You can expect a compassionate and thorough evaluation at Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs when you come in with concerns about fibromyalgia. Your provider asks detailed questions about your pain and how it affects your life.

They review your daily routine, medical history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. Your provider performs a physical exam and may run diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out other conditions that might explain your pain. 

What are the treatments for fibromyalgia?

Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs takes a personalized approach to fibromyalgia treatment. Most people benefit from a combination of medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapies.

Treatment for fibromyalgia includes:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Duloxetine or milnacipran (changes brain chemicals to help control pain)
  • Antidepressants
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Trigger point injections
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Regular physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition therapy

Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs takes a holistic and conservative approach to pain management. Your provider focuses on creating a plan that improves your whole health. 

For a comprehensive approach to fibromyalgia, call Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs or schedule an appointment online today.