About 80-90% of all cases of fibromyalgia develop in women, and the condition causes intense and often debilitating symptoms. Humam Akbik, MD, at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center has extensive experience helping patients find relief from fibromyalgia. Dr. Akbik’s whole-body approach incorporates treatments from conventional, alternative, and interventional medicine, creating a plan that’s customized to alleviate your symptoms and meet your health needs. To schedule fibromyalgia care, call the office in Fairfield, Ohio, or complete the online contact form and a staff member will call you to arrange an appointment.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that causes a group of symptoms that may include:

  • Widespread pain in your muscles and other soft tissues
  • Fatigue that doesn’t improve even when you sleep
  • Difficulty with your memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia

The pain caused by fibromyalgia is extensive, the fatigue is chronic, and both are often debilitating. You may also develop headaches and become hypersensitive to lights, sound, and temperature. As a result of these symptoms, patients with fibromyalgia are at risk for depression and anxiety.

Most patients with fibromyalgia go through periods when their symptoms are mild or in remission, followed by a sudden flare-up of severe symptoms.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Although the experts haven’t identified the exact cause of fibromyalgia, they’ve discovered that it’s associated with central sensitivity. Central sensitivity develops when chronic pain causes chemical changes in your central nervous system. As a result, you become hypersensitive and experience pain even when the thing triggering the pain is not normally painful. For example, the touch of clothing or brushing your hair may cause excruciating pain.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Dr. Akbik takes a whole-person approach to treating the body-wide symptoms of fibromyalgia. He works closely with each patient to determine how they’re affected by the condition, then develops a treatment plan that incorporates a mix of treatments that’s best for their needs.

Your fibromyalgia treatment may include:

  • Alternative and integrative medicine: diet, acupuncture, yoga, and other nontraditional therapies
  • Complementary medicine: combines alternative options with standard medical care
  • Interventional medicine: relieves pain using neurostimulation, nerve blocks, and other techniques that target nerves
  • Physical therapy: heat, massage, gentle exercise, and other modalities

Dr. Akbik also provides medication management. Several medications have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia, including:

  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta®), treats pain, depression, and anxiety
  • Milnacipran (Savella®), treats pain and improves overall functioning
  • Pregabalin (Lyrica®), treats nerve and muscle pain

Many other medications may be prescribed off-label, which means they’re FDA approved to treat other conditions, but they also help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.

If you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia and need help with pain relief, call Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center or fill out the online contact form and a team member will call you.