Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the soft tissues of the body. Muscles, ligaments and tendons become sore and inflamed. Although the condition is not considered to be progressive, the symptoms can worsen when the body is under extreme stress or if an injury has occurred.
At the Miami Headache Institute, we believe that chronic headaches and the symptoms of fibromyalgia work against each other and, in some instances, can cause the other to worsen. Our state of the art treatment techniques allow us to help our patients address both issues and prevent severe headaches and migraines.
THE EFFECTS OF PAIN ON FIBROMYALGIA
Intense pain, like that of headaches and migraines, causes a variety of effects on the rest of the body. It can also aggravate the symptoms of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. A few of the physiological effects of pain on the body include a spike in blood pressure, sensitivity to light, inability to concentrate and reduced neurological sensitivity in other parts of the body.
Severe, recurring headaches can also cause a person to dramatically reduce their level of activity. This, in turn, can lead to muscle weakness and lethargy.
HOW FIBROMYALGIA INCREASES THE RISKS OF HEADACHES
Just as headache pain can trigger flare-ups of fibromyalgia symptoms, the condition can also increase the frequency and severity of different types of headaches.
The stress and frustration that accompanies fibromyalgia symptoms can cause tightness and tension in the head and neck. When the muscles of the shoulders, chest, neck and head become sore and irritated from fibromyalgia, the result can be a headache or migraine.
The degree of pain can range from a dull ache to intense throbbing that won’t go away until the other issues are fully addressed and alleviated.
DEVELOPING TREATMENT PLANS
One of the most important aspects of a patient’s treatment plan is how the fibromyalgia affects them personally. For some, the condition may be extremely mild, while others may have to endure days of unrelenting, debilitating muscle pain that leads to other symptoms throughout the body.
At Miami Headache Institute, we understand that fibromyalgia manifests differently in each of our patients. This is why each aspect of our treatment plans is carefully considered. Each patient’s case is treated as a priority and it is our goal to make sure they are able to live as normal a life as possible with a minimum of pain.
MIAMI HEADACHE INSTITUTE
Our treatment methods at the Miami Headache Institute are designed to meet each of our patient’s individual needs. The severity of their fibromyalgia symptoms are taken into consideration and all aspects of their health are reviewed to determine what methods will work best at preventing headaches and migraines.
We understand that fibromyalgia symptoms can be affected by many different things, so we take a holistic approach to healthcare. Every possible avenue is explored so that our patients get the best possible results from the treatment plans we offer. Please contact us today for a consultation.