Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that creates a feeling of pain in the soft tissues of the body. Pain can be felt in the joints and muscles, and the condition contributes to debilitating symptoms such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, and depression. Scientists estimate that Fibromyalgia affects up the 5 million people over the age of 18, and the condition affects up to 9 times more women than men.
Common symptoms of Fibromyalgia are as follows:
- Chronic widespread pain
- Heightened response to pressure
- Sleep disturbance
- Joint stiffness
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Bowel/Bladder abnormalities
- Cognitive dysfunction
There is no universal treatment for Fibromyalgia, but symptoms can be managed. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia need to be looked at individually before the best treatment plan can be made. Fortunately, Dr. Puppala provides a multidisciplinary approach to helping his patients, and this carries over to the personal treatment plans he makes for the ones that need them.