Fibromyalgia

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Fibromyalgia makes it difficult to think about much else as you deal with the flaring and debilitating pain, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms. At L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles, our dedicated pain management physician Jonathan Levin, MD, offers numerous solutions to help you get control of your symptoms and your chronic condition. Fibromyalgia can be especially complex, but Dr. Levin has many years of experience and is here to help every step of the way. Click or call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group to book your personal consultation today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex medical condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms. The pain varies and can come and go in flares.

Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can present with several symptoms:

Widespread pain

Fibromyalgia-associated pain is often described as a constant dull ache that lasts three months or longer. Widespread pain refers to pain that shows up above and below your waist and on both sides of your body.

Chronic fatigue

Fatigue is a defining symptom of fibromyalgia. Pain and other symptoms often disrupt sleep. Many people with fibromyalgia also have other sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.

Cognitive difficulties

The cognitive difficulties that often come along with fibromyalgia are called fibro fog or brain fog. Fibromyalgia can impair your ability to pay attention, focus, and concentrate on mental tasks.

Many people with fibromyalgia experience tension headaches, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

What causes fibromyalgia?

It isn’t clear what causes fibromyalgia, but experts point to a problem with the way the brain processes pain signals, resulting in a heightening of painful sensations.

For many people, symptoms of fibromyalgia begin following physical trauma, infection, psychological stress, surgery, and other causes.

The development and onset of fibromyalgia might be caused or worsened by various risk factors like:

  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Physical or emotional trauma

You’re more likely to get fibromyalgia if you’re a woman, and have a family history of the condition, or if you have other disorders like lupus.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Dr. Levin can diagnose fibromyalgia in different ways. He can do a tender point exam, where he firmly presses on 18 specific points on your body to determine how many of them are painful.

Dr. Levin might recommend certain testing such as highly specialized blood work to identify if you have any other underlying medical conditions that could be causing your pain.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

To treat fibromyalgia, Dr. Levin might suggest any of several treatments like:

  • Medications
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Vitamins and supplement infusions
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • OrthoPulse® shock wave therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Trigger point injections
  • Weight loss

Don’t let fibromyalgia pain cast a shadow over your daily life when there are effective treatments available. Call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group or schedule online today.