Fibromyalgia Treatment in Austin, Texas
There is unfortunately no specific test for fibromyalgia. It is considered a “diagnosis of exclusion,” meaning all other causes of the symptoms should be ruled out. A doctor can diagnose fibromyalgia by reviewing your medical history, examining you, and considering your list of symptoms. When seeing Greater Austin Pain Center specialists about potential fibromyalgia, it is helpful to bring a written history of your symptoms.
Your doctor may conduct blood tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires pain or tenderness reported at a minimum of 11 of the 18 tender point locations, with symptoms enduring for 3 months or longer.
Relaxation and lifestyle changes can make symptoms of mild fibromyalgia better. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy, patient education, support groups, and counseling. Regular exercise, pacing activities throughout the day, eating a balanced diet, and good sleep habits can help as well.
In recent years, researchers have made several breakthroughs with prescription medications to ease symptoms of fibromyalgia. Low doses of certain antidepressant medications and anti-inflammatory medications appear to help certain people. Since 2007, the Federal Drug Administration has approved the prescription medications Lyrica®, Cymbalta®, and Savella® for the treatment of fibromyalgia, and more studies are underway.
Our doctors at Greater Austin Pain Center offer several treatment options, including trigger point injections, platelet rich plasma injections, and steroid injections. Learn more about our procedures and treatment options.