Katy Rheumatology & Associates
Rheumatology & Sports Medicine located in Katy, TX
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as four million Americans have fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread pain. For those in and around Katy, Texas, Padma Chimata, MD, of Katy Rheumatology & Associates, offers caring and compassionate treatment for this challenging condition. Booking a visit takes just moments online or by phone.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by widespread pain and other symptoms. Researchers are uncertain of the causes of fibromyalgia, but many people find that symptoms originate after a traumatic physical or emotional event. For others, symptoms develop gradually over time.
Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, but women are far more likely to notice symptoms than men, and your risk increases as you age. People with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have an elevated risk of developing fibromyalgia.
What are some symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to schedule a diagnostic assessment for fibromyalgia. Some of the symptoms include:
- Sleep disruptions
- Cognitive issues
- Depression and anxiety
- Headaches or migraines
- Digestive problems
All of these symptoms are also linked to a wide range of other conditions. If you notice troubling changes, booking a time to come in for a diagnostic exam is a good idea.
Are there treatments that can help with fibromyalgia?
The first step in determining a treatment path is a thorough diagnostic evaluation. There’s no definitive test for fibromyalgia, so the process largely focuses on ruling out other conditions.
Lab testing is part of the diagnostic process. Katy Rheumatology & Associates offers on-site lab testing services. Having access to on-site labs saves you time and ensures you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.
Treating fibromyalgia requires a multi-pronged approach. Medications might play a role in treating your symptoms, and it often takes a combination of medications to find the right balance.
Physical therapy can help many people with fibromyalgia by strengthening your body and improving your flexibility. Occupational therapy can help you perform daily tasks in a way that places less strain on your body. Many people also find it helpful to go through a period of counseling as you move through fibromyalgia treatment.
Additional steps you can take to improve fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Ensure good sleep hygiene
- Increase physical activity
- Manage stress
- Pace yourself
- Improve your diet
- Avoid tobacco use
Your practitioner works with you to determine which lifestyle modifications are best suited to your condition. When you’re ready to get started, call or click to set up a visit.