Fibromyalgia Specialist

West County Rheumatology

Sona Kamat, MD, FACR

Rheumatologist located in Saint Louis, MO

Approximately 10 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia, making them feel pain in different parts of their bodies that comes and goes without warning. The experts at West County Rheumatology in Saint Louis provide care for patients of all ages with fibromyalgia and can help you learn to manage your pain and other symptoms. To find out if fibromyalgia is causing your frequent discomfort, request your appointment with Sona Kamat, MD, FACR, or another provider, by phone or online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a somewhat mysterious disorder affecting the way you feel pain. It causes you to feel pain throughout your body that tends to come and go. Experts don’t know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but it often appears in patients after an event or other condition that triggers it. 

You might experience fibromyalgia pain symptoms after:

  • A physical injury
  • A period of high emotional stress
  • Spine problems
  • Surgery

Women and patients with other rheumatic diseases, like arthritis, are more likely to experience fibromyalgia. There is no test to identify the condition, so your physician at West County Rheumatology diagnoses you after ruling out all other possibilities following an assessment of your symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia appears with several telltale signs and symptoms that come and go. It typically causes:

  • Pain throughout your body
  • Sensitivity to touch and pressure
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Mental fogginess
  • Trouble sleeping

It often coincides with other conditions. If you have fibromyalgia, you may also have:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
  • Frequent headaches or chronic migraine
  • Pain in your pelvis or bladder
  • Depression or anxiety

Although fibromyalgia’s symptoms are physically debilitating at times, it doesn’t cause more severe or complicated conditions, and it isn’t life-threatening. 

How can I manage the pain from my fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia has no known cure. However, with the help of the team at West County Rheumatology, you can manage the condition and its symptoms. Your treatment plan involves several approaches that can be split into two categories:

Medications

Several available medications help control the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Your provider may prescribe you drugs that control your overactive nerves, antidepressants, or other medications that adjust and level your brain chemicals.

Therapy and home remedies

Several types of therapy and lifestyle adjustments may help you manage your fibromyalgia pain. Your provider may recommend physical therapy, counseling, a healthy diet, or other treatment strategies alongside your prescriptions.

Widespread pain in your body isn’t normal. To find out more about fibromyalgia and available treatments, call West County Rheumatology or request an appointment online today.