Fibromyalgia Treated by Rheumatologists at Mercy

 

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that can cause intense pain in 11-18 tender points on the body. This video explains the symptoms and medical tests used to see if you have fibromyalgia.

The doctors of Rheumatology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of various rheumatic diseases, including fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by widespread aching and pain.

About the Condition

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The condition is characterized by widespread aching and pain, accompanied by increased fatigue, as well as sleep, memory and mood disorders.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unclear. Studies point to genetics or additional factors such as stress or arthritis, which may trigger the condition. Fibromyalgia typically occurs in women more often than men.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Chronic, widespread pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It is common throughout the body, above and below the waist. The pain is typically described as a dull and constant aching.

In addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia may also exhibit other symptoms, including the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Memory and concentration loss
  • Depression
  • Dizziness

There is no definitive diagnosis for fibromyalgia. Mercy’s experienced rheumatologists rely on a full review of your symptoms when fibromyalgia is suspected. Your doctor will also review your medical history and health status to determine if fibromyalgia is a possibility. Certain tests, including blood tests, may be used to rule out other possible conditions or diseases.

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Treatment Options

Since there is no cure for fibromyalgia, the best course of treatment typically combines medication with self-care. The goal is to reduce symptoms, such as pain or depression, and improve general health. Our rheumatologists work with patients to develop treatment plans that are appropriate for their needs. They also provide education on beneficial health strategies and therapies aimed at limiting the affects of fibromyalgia symptoms.

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Rheumatology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD
Lynn Ludmer, M.D.

Dr. Lynn Ludmer diagnoses and treats a variety of diseases associated with arthritis and muscle disease, including multiple types of inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune connective tissue disorders.

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