An Overview of Fibromyalgia by Dr. Carey Dachman

December 6, 2010

The Medical Director at Pain Therapy Associates in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Carey Dachman is an expert in fibromyalgia and one of the top doctors in America, according to The Castle Connolly guide. Until recently, the medical community considered fibromyalgia a diagnosis of last resort for individuals with generalized pain not responding to any form of treatment. However, understanding of fibromyalgia has increased dramatically in recent years, and hope exists for individuals living with the condition. Closely related to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body and often makes those afflicted feel extremely tired. In fibromyalgia, regular medical diagnostic tests fail to find any underlying cause for the pain and fatigue. Roughly one in 50 individuals suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that affects more women than men. Often triggered by physical or emotional trauma, fibromyalgia strikes more frequently in older individuals. Fibromyalgia regularly coexists with other conditions, including depression, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or rheumatoid arthritis. People who have developed fibromyalgia often have trouble sleeping or feeling rested. The following chart illustrates many of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia:

No one is entirely certain what causes fibromyalgia, although one theory focuses on the concept of central sensitization, suggesting that people who develop fibromyalgia are naturally more sensitive to pain, possibly because of a traumatic experience. The brain receives pain signals from various parts of the body for no reason. This frequent pain stimulation leads to an increase in various chemical transmitters in the brain resulting in generalized, ongoing pain. If you believe you may have fibromyalgia, contact Dr. Carey Dachman to book an appointment at Pain Therapy Associates, found on the web at Treatments do exist and Dr. Dachman has a solid record of accomplishment in treating fibromyalgia.


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