Fibromyalgia is a health condition that causes pain all over the body and can be challenging for people to understand or manage without professional medical help.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but medical researchers believe several factors are involved. One leading theory is that fibromyalgia patients develop abnormal pain messages through changes in how their central nervous system processes pain.
These changes can arise from chemical imbalances in the nervous system that transmit information all over the body, resulting in constant feelings of pain.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that needs careful diagnosis, treatment and management. It is a condition that comes with many different symptoms, and not everyone will experience the same issues. For example, as well as widespread pain, some patients with fibromyalgia may experience:
- Disrupted sleep
- Extreme fatigue
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Muscle stiffness
- Problems with memory and concentration
Some fibromyalgia symptoms can be hard to pin down, so you should first book an appointment with your GP if you think you may have this condition. If your doctor suspects that your symptoms may be caused by something else, they can run some basic tests to ensure there isn’t another underlying cause.
If your GP suspects you have fibromyalgia, they may refer you to a specialist for a confirmed diagnosis and more targeted treatment.
You can choose to speed up the process by booking a private consultation with Dr Bhadauria, who is a fibromyalgia specialist based in London.
How fibromyalgia is diagnosed and treated
Because fibromyalgia can be similar to other inflammatory health conditions, Dr Bhadauria will make a batch of diagnostic tests to help rule out any other possible cause. This will enable you to get a confirmed diagnosis of fibromyalgia and receive the most appropriate treatment.
Dr Bhadauria and his team will create a personalised treatment plan that will help to reduce your pain symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
You will need an ongoing, flexible treatment plan that uses a combination of approaches to manage your symptoms. This can include appropriate medications, physiotherapy, relaxation techniques, regular gentle exercise and diet changes.
Although there’s currently no cure for fibromyalgia, this combination of treatment approaches can make your health condition a lot easier to live with.
Fibromyalgia treatment tends to be a personalised combination of:
- Diet advice to reduce inflammatory food and drinks
- Exercise programme and relaxation techniques
- Painkilling and antidepressant medications
- Talking therapies, such as CBT and counselling
Book a private consultation
With long current NHS waiting lists to see a specialist rheumatologist, it makes sense to get help with your fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment sooner rather than later.
By booking a private consultation with Dr Bhadauria, a fibromyalgia specialist based in London, you can get a faster and more accurate diagnosis of your symptoms. You will have any other causes for your symptoms ruled out and have a personalised pain management plan worked out for you.