Are you experiencing pain all over, feeling tired all the time, or like your head is in a fog? If so, the professional team of Julio Ramos, MD, FACR, FACP, and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, at Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, have the expertise and experience to answer all your questions about fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment. For more information, call the office and speak with the friendly staff today.
Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that causes widespread pain and other symptoms. It’s more common in women than men, and it can impact your life significantly by disrupting sleep patterns, causing memory loss, and amplifying mood swings and sensitivities.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. However, this condition often develops after experiencing a trauma, such as an infection or being involved in a car accident. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia occurs because of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
The most notable symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain. Most patients describe this pain as a dull ache that won’t go away. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include memory problems and fatigue.
Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from other similar conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and migraines.
There isn’t currently a test that confirms a diagnosis of fibromyalgia definitively. In most cases, Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski diagnose fibromyalgia based on your symptoms. Before diagnosing this condition, they 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.
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.
Some treatments prescribed for fibromyalgia, such as oral medications, cause side effects. Other treatments like counseling pose no physical risks. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski explain all the risks and benefits associated with each particular treatment before making any recommendations. If you experience unwanted side effects because of treatment, dosage adjustments or medication changes may be necessary.
Diagnosing and treating your fibromyalgia with a trusted team not only helps manage your symptoms but also educates you about your condition. Call Ramos Rheumatology to speak to the friendly staff or schedule an appointment today.