Arthritis and fibromyalgia have many symptoms in common including fatigue, pain, stiffness, and sleep disruptions. In fact, people with rheumatoid arthritis are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. With the correct diagnosis, you can reduce your pain and feel more like yourself. At Desert Fountain Medical, in Fountain Hills, Arizona, providers use comprehensive diagnostics to get to the real cause of your pain and inflammation and give you the most effective treatment available. Call or click today to schedule an appointment at Desert Fountain Medical today.
Fibromyalgia or Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is not one single disease, but a term that refers to more than 100 different types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions affecting the joints. It affects people of all ages, and it’s the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Each patient with arthritis has different symptoms, but the most common ones include:
- Limited range of motion
There are also several varieties of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common.
Osteoarthritis develops when the thick cartilage that cushions your bones wears away, leaving bone to rub against bone. Without treatment, the pain can become chronic and eventually disfigure your affected joints.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that can cause widespread musculoskeletal pain throughout your body. It affects around 4 million adults in this country. Women are twice likely as men to get fibromyalgia.
Besides pain and stiffness throughout the body, men, and women with fibromyalgia experience:
- Sleep problems
The condition’s cause is currently a mystery, but medical researchers have identified some of the risk factors.
- Age: Most men and women are diagnosed during middle age.
- Family history: Men and women often have a close family member with the condition.
- Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis: These conditions increase your risk of fibromyalgia.
- Obesity: Excess body fat is a prominent risk factor for fibromyalgia.
- Stress or trauma: Fibromyalgia seems to be linked to stressful life events.
- Repetitive injury: Frequent motions like knee-bending can lead to injuries triggering fibromyalgia.
How do our providers treat arthritis and fibromyalgia?
The treatment patients receive for arthritis and fibromyalgia differs based on their overall health, symptoms, and disease.
Pain and inflammation of the joints and throughout the body can be treated in several ways. These methods include:
- Chiropractic care: Natural treatments to decrease pain and increase range of motion
- Medication: Safe, effective medication to reduce pain and symptoms
- Exercise: A personalized plan to strengthen muscles and improve mobility
- Physical medicine: Gentle exercises and movements to reduce pain
- Stress management: Self-care techniques to encourage emotional well-being
- Weight loss: To lose extra body fat putting added stress on joints and muscles
Desert Fountain Medical pain providers can help you improve flexibility and reduce pain. A firm diagnosis is the first step to managing your pain and inflammation. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling Desert Fountain Medical today.