Fibromyalgia Specialist

Personalized Direct Care

Brij Vaid, MD

Regenerative Medicine & Concierge Internal Medicine located in Clayton, MO

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain in your bones and muscles throughout your body. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, it can be managed with the help of an experienced doctor like Brij Vaid, MD, at Personalized Direct Care. For anyone in the Clayton, Missouri, area, that needs help diagnosing or managing fibromyalgia, Personalized Direct Care is the best option for your treatment. Call the office or set up an appointment online today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain in the musculoskeletal system. Doctors aren’t sure what causes fibromyalgia, and while there is no cure, its unpleasant symptoms can be managed with medication, exercise, and stress-reduction techniques.

Who is most at risk for fibromyalgia?

Because medical science has yet to discover a cause for fibromyalgia, it’s impossible to predict who will contract it. However several risk factors have become apparent:

  • Genetics, a family history makes you more at-risk of fibromyalgia
  • Gender, women are more likely to get fibromyalgia than men
  • Recent infections
  • Recent physical trauma or surgery

Other disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and lupus can also make you more susceptible to the disorder.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

The main symptom of fibromyalgia is a constant, widespread, aching pain that occurs throughout the upper and lower body. To be considered fibromyalgia, this pain has to have lasted more than three months.

In addition to, and partially because of this pain, fatigue is also a common consequence as sleep becomes more difficult. People with fibromyalgia are also more likely to get sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome or obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, cognitive symptoms, sometimes called the “fibro fog,” can make it difficult to concentrate or remember things.

Fibromyalgia can coexist with other painful conditions like migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, or problems with the TMJ (jaw) muscle, so look out for these symptoms as well.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Many patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start and can be dangerous. This can occur when the muscles in the throat relax while you sleep, causing blockages to occur. You might need a mouthpiece or similar piece of equipment to help open your airway while you sleep to get more effective rest.

See Dr. Vaid about sleep apnea if you experience:

  • Loud, excessive snoring
  • Waking up with excessive dry mouth or a headache
  • Extreme daytime fatigue

If you can, have someone watch you while you sleep to observe any cessation of breathing as well.

If you’re interested in how you can treat your fibromyalgia or sleep apnea, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.