Fibromyalgia is among the most misunderstood medical conditions, although an estimated four million American adults live with fibromyalgia. Dr. Michele Martinho understands the frustrations that come with finding the right diagnosis and treatment path and helps men and women in Gramercy, New York City manage their fibromyalgia. If you’re suffering and looking for answers, book an appointment for a thorough diagnostic and treatment plan. Online scheduling is available, and you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up your visit.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain affecting various areas of your body, with no clear indication of the cause. Researchers believe fibromyalgia occurs due to miscommunication between your brain and central nervous system. There are numerous studies underway to improve understanding of the condition.
The most notable symptom of fibromyalgia is pain felt throughout your body. You might also experience:
Many men and women go through extensive diagnostic work-ups without finding the right diagnosis. That can be incredibly frustrating and can leave you feeling hopeless. Dr. Michele Martinho is familiar with fibromyalgia and can help you find the treatment path that’s best for your needs.
There is no single test for fibromyalgia. Diagnosis relies on eliminating other potential symptoms that could be causing your symptoms. If screening doesn’t reveal other health problems and your pain aligns with the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, Dr. Martinho may determine that you have the condition. That can be a big relief if you’ve been looking for answers for a significant period of time.
Treating fibromyalgia means finding an effective way to manage your pain. A combination of treatments may be more effective than pursuing a single treatment path.
Medication can help manage fibromyalgia pain, and there are currently several drugs marketed specifically for the condition. Some find relief from over-the-counter medications, but it’s important not to overuse these drugs as they can create new problems.
Lifestyle changes can also make a big difference in your quality of life. Daily exercise can help by increasing your strength, releasing endorphins, and helping you sleep better at night. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, working with a therapist can be helpful.
If you think you may have fibromyalgia, or you’ve already been diagnosed and are seeking a new treatment path, book a visit with Dr. Martinho to learn more about your condition and explore available options for relief.