Advanced Wellness & Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic
Pain Management Physicians & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Stamford, CT
The intense and widespread pain of fibromyalgia affects 6% of all adults, but women have nearly double the risk compared to men. At Advanced Wellness & Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic in Stamford, Connecticut, Kin Tsoi, MD, offers comprehensive care for all patients with fibromyalgia. As an experienced specialist in pain medicine, regenerative, and physical medicine, Dr. Tsoi creates customized treatment plans that relieve your pain and help you get back to enjoying your life. Don’t wait to get relief from fibromyalgia. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What symptoms define fibromyalgia?
As a chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia involves the following group of symptoms:
- Widespread pain in your muscles and soft tissues
- General tenderness in your muscles
- Intense fatigue that fails to improve with sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
The two hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia — widespread pain and fatigue — often stop you from doing daily tasks, going to work, and spending time with family and friends.
The pain caused by fibromyalgia tends to fluctuate, cycling between flare-ups and periods of pain relief. Additionally, fibromyalgia often causes migraines, tension headaches, and hypersensitivity to lights. Living with pain and fatigue often leads to depression and anxiety.
How do pain specialists diagnose fibromyalgia?
Dr. Tsoi may do blood tests to rule out other health problems with similar symptoms, but no tests currently exist to diagnose fibromyalgia. Instead, Dr. Tsoi diagnoses fibromyalgia by reviewing your symptoms and carefully evaluating your pain.
How do pain specialists treat fibromyalgia?
Dr. Tsoi treats your widespread pain and tenderness with a holistic and multimodal approach that draws from several possible therapies. Your treatment plan may include:
Exercise helps you overcome the pain, restore muscle strength, and maintain mobility. Dr. Tsoi develops an exercise plan that improves your health while respecting the limitations of pain and fatigue.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved several medications to treat fibromyalgia symptoms. These medications work in different ways. Some affect brain chemicals that regulate pain, while others block overactive nerves that transmit pain signals.
Acupuncture restores the flow of your body’s natural energy, which in turn promotes healing and alleviates pain. This treatment also triggers the release of brain chemicals such as endorphins that serve as your body’s internal pain relievers.
When your pain persists, or you need better pain relief so you can exercise, Dr. Tsoi may recommend one of several interventional procedures. These treatments relieve your pain using neurostimulation, nerve blocks, and other techniques that stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain.
You don’t need to spend your days in pain due to fibromyalgia when you can get exceptional care at Advanced Wellness & Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic. Call the office or book an appointment online today.