Fibromyalgia

Melrose Park Immediate Care

Internists & Rheumatology located in Melrose Park, IL

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects around four million Americans, causing joint pain and general discomfort. Gowhar Khan, MD, of Melrose Park Immediate Care offers ongoing support for men and women with fibromyalgia in Melrose Park, Illinois, and the surrounding areas. For an evaluation of your fibromyalgia symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online.

Fibromyalgia

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes generalized pain and tenderness of the joints, muscles, and other tissues. This condition is often associated with other chronic diseases, including:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pelvic pain

Surgery, physical injury, or severe stress could trigger your fibromyalgia, though the underlying cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood. It may be caused by hypersensitive nerve responses that cause an increased sensation of pain throughout the body.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The severity and location of fibromyalgia symptoms may vary over time, at times being less severe than others. The most common complaint with fibromyalgia is diffuse, widespread musculoskeletal pain.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Joint swelling, tenderness, or stiffness
  • Joint and muscle weakness
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Chronic tiredness or fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Digestive problems

While symptoms may be inconsistent, they may also get progressively more severe over time.

Am I at risk for fibromyalgia?

Those who may be at highest risk of having fibromyalgia include middle-aged women, especially those who also have been diagnosed with other autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Other risk factors include:

  • Family history of fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • History of trauma
  • Frequent injuries or illness

As part of your initial consultation with Dr. Khan, he assesses your risk factors for fibromyalgia. If any of these factors apply to you, let him know, because this could help him make an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms.

What are some treatments for fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is often difficult to treat, as symptoms can be hard to pinpoint and locations may change. That said, Dr. Khan and the team at Melrose Place Immediate Care work with you to create a plan of care that effectively treats your symptoms.

Treatments may include:

  • Pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychotherapy referrals
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Exercise or activity plan
  • Stress management
  • Weight loss support

If you have fibromyalgia, Dr. Khan and his trusted team of experts are committed to developing a treatment plan that works best for you.

For an expert evaluation and personalized treatment of your fibromyalgia, call or schedule an appointment with Melrose Place Immediate Care today.