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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common, yet often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, medical condition causing serious chronic pain. The pain management physicians, clinical pain specialists and medical staff at the Center for Pain Management are trained and experienced in strategies proven to improve the quality of life for patients experiencing fibromyalgia pain symptoms. We have pain centers in Indianapolis, Greenwood and Lafayette, Indiana.

Learn About Fibromyalgia Pain

If you take the name apart, “fibro” is a medical term for connective tissue, “myo” is a medical term for muscle, and “algia” is a medical term for pain. Literally then the name means pain in the muscle and connective tissue. Fibromyalgia pain is characterized by pain, both above and below the waist and on the left and right side of the body; stiffness; fatigue; sleep disturbance; and, in some cases, depression.

Some experts believe that fibromyalgia is a name given to a pattern of complaints that are really symptoms of an undiagnosed condition. This can be a hormonal or nutritional deficiency or an undiagnosed infection often of the sinuses, urinary tract or intestines. Other experts view fibromyalgia as a distinct clinical entity diagnosed by the presence of the symptoms described above and the presence of pain at 11 out of 18 distinct points identified by the American College of Rheumatology in the presence of otherwise normal lab, x-ray, and electrodiagnostic studies. In clinical practice both scenarios are seen. For this reason physicians who treat individuals with fibromyalgia pain must both perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation to rule out underlying conditions and provide treatment options to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia when a correctable cause can not be found.

In the absence of a correctable condition, there is no cure for primary fibromyalgia. There are, however, strategies which can lessen the pain and disability associated with the condition. There is no cure for diabetes, but individuals with diabetes can lessen the impact of the disease by taking their medications as prescribed, following their diet, and exercising according to their doctor’s instructions. In the same way there are things that an individual with fibromyalgia can do to control the symptoms and lessen the pain and fatigue. Interventions used to decrease the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia include sleep management, activity pacing, graded cardiovascular exercise, nutritional counseling and medical and nutritional infusions. For these reasons, it is important to seek out a pain management physician with extensive experience treating fibromyalgia pain symptoms.

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Updates + Announcements

Labor Day Schedule: Our Offices Will Be CLOSED Monday, Sept. 5

The Center for Pain Management’s offices will be CLOSED on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open Tuesday, September 6 and operate during regular office hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If you have a medical…
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New Pain Management Center in Lafayette, Indiana is Open & Accepting New Patients

The Center for Pain Management is proud to announce our new pain management center in Lafayette, Indiana: Innovations Pain Management  Group. This state-of-the art 4,000 square-foot medical office is conveniently located at 3738 Landmark Drive in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact us…
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Don’t Ruin Your Summer Vacation with Avoidable Injuries

You’d be surprised how many dangers await you this summer vacation, excluding the risk of poison ivy, bug bites and sunburns! We’ve compiled a list of activities, destinations and surprising culprits that cause the most common summer vacation injuries (many…
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Senior Olympic Race Walker Beats Back Pain with Spinal Cord Stimulator

Kay is an accomplished competitive race walker who participated in the Senior Games for 20 years until severe back pain ended her Olympic dreams. Instead of accepting defeat and living with the pain, this active 82 year old athlete had…
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Meet Dr. John Fitzgerald, MD – Anesthesiologist + Pain Management Physician

Dr. John Fitzgerald, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician at the Center for Pain Management. He joined the practice in 2004 and offers 30 years of experience as a pain management and treatment specialist.  Dr. John…
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