Fibromyalgia is a disorder in which a person experiences a heightened sense of pain. This is often accompanied by fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns, poor memory, and mood changes. Symptoms are often triggered by trauma, surgery, or infection. People with fibromyalgia become more sensitive to painful stimuli. At UT Health Austin, we understand that chronic pain can have major adverse physical and psychological effects, and we are dedicated to helping you alleviate your pain.
Fibromyalgia Treatment at UT Health Austin
Our team of experts will evaluate your medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination. Fibromyalgia may be diagnosed if you experience widespread pain for more than three months with no underlying medical condition. Blood tests may be conducted to rule out other causes of pain. Treatment may include medication such as pain relievers, antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs, in addition to physical, occupational, or counseling therapy. Studies indicate the most effective treatment plans for fibromyalgia focus on improving sleep and increasing aerobic exercise. Your care team is dedicated to developing a care plan to reduce the severity and frequency of your pain so you can focus on what really matters.
About Comprehensive Pain Management
Many complex pain conditions that adversely affect people’s lives. Comprehensive Pain Management at UT Health Austin recognizes this complexity and treats the whole person. Our approach to the whole person means that in addition to conventional pain treatments like medications and injections, we use exercise and strengthening, address sleep problems, and teach coping and mindfulness skills, so that our patients can focus on the productive and meaningful aspects of their lives.