Fibromyalgia Specialist

Pain Instacare

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Cherry Hill, NJ & Philadelphia, PA

In the United States, between 80-90% of all fibromyalgia cases are found in women, but there are ways to manage this complex condition. Double board-certified pain medicine specialist Rajan Gupta, MD, and his experienced team at Pain Instacare offer the most advanced solutions available to help treat chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. To find relief from the pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia, call the offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

The word fibromyalgia means pain in the body’s tissues and muscles. This arthritis-like condition is known for causing widespread neuromuscular pain and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia is often described as a syndrome because it includes a group of symptoms and signs that occur together. Many people with fibromyalgia have sensitive trigger points on their body that can cause intense pain and a consistent ache that lasts for at least three months.

Common trigger points associated with fibromyalgia include:

  • Upper chest
  • Hips and knees
  • Tops of shoulders
  • Outer elbows
  • Back of the head

Approximately six million Americans have fibromyalgia, and it most commonly affects women between 35-65 years of age. 

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The symptoms of fibromyalgia fall into three categories:

Widespread chronic pain

Many people with fibromyalgia describe the pain as a constant dull ache. The term “widespread pain” refers to any discomfort that occurs both above and below the waist and on both sides of the body.  

Fatigue

If you have fibromyalgia, you might feel exhausted even after a night of sound sleep. Pain caused by fibromyalgia can also disrupt your sleep and increase the risk of other sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.

Cognitive difficulties

Many individuals with fibromyalgia experience what’s known as “fibro fog.” Though difficult to describe, this condition affects your ability to focus, remember things, or concentrate.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Unfortunately, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can often be the same as other conditions, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, and certain immune dysfunction diseases.

To reach an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Gupta and his team rely on their extensive experience in helping patients manage the condition. They also perform a comprehensive medical exam while discussing your symptoms and medical history. In some cases, they may recommend a full blood panel to eliminate other underlying conditions that could be causing your chronic pain.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

At Pain Instacare, Dr. Gupta treats fibromyalgia using minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques. Specifically, he uses trigger point injections. 

Trigger points are stiff knots of muscle that often occur alongside fibromyalgia. During a trigger point injection, Dr. Gupta administers a mixture of local anesthesia and corticosteroids into one (or multiple) trigger points. The medication causes your muscles to relax, relieving pain and tension.

To learn more about treatment for fibromyalgia, make an appointment at Pain Instacare. Call the nearest office to speak with an administrative team member, or click the online booking tool.