Fibromyalgia Specialist in Avoca, PA

Are you constantly fatigued, experiencing widespread pain, or feeling like your head is in a fog? If so, the professional team of Julio Ramos, MD and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP at Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania have the expertise and experience to answer all your questions about a fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment.

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FAQs on Fibromyalgia:

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that causes widespread body pain. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers believe that fibromyalgia occurs because of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This condition often develops after experiencing a trauma, such as a severe infection or being involved in a car accident. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than men, and the symptoms can impact your life significantly.

What are some common symptoms of fibromyalgia?

 The most notable symptom of fibromyalgia is a dull, widespread ache that won’t go away. However, the fibromyalgia symptoms checklist also includes:

  • Memory loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Amplified mood swings and sensitivities

Patients living with fibromyalgia are also vulnerable to similar conditions, including:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Migraines

While there is currently no test that confirms a diagnosis of fibromyalgia definitively, Dr. Ramos may diagnose fibromyalgia based on these symptoms. Before diagnosing this condition, our team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and may order tests to rule out other issues that could be causing your symptoms such as lupus, menopause, or rheumatoid arthritis.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

While there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatments that alleviate some of the symptoms and allow you to lead a healthier, more active life. Some of the most common treatments for fibromyalgia include pain medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski provide other treatment plans as well that include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and counseling.

Each patient is different and needs more than one type of treatment in controlling their fibromyalgia symptoms. The team at Ramos Rheumatology takes a holistic approach to your care and discusses all treatment options with you in detail before developing a customized fibromyalgia treatment plan.