1164 E. Oakland Park Blvd Suite 201, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Fibromyalgia Specialist

American Pain Experts -  - Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine

American Pain Experts

Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine located in Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Medical experts estimate that more than 6% of all adults experience the debilitating pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. As a pain management specialist, Neel Amin, MD, at American Pain Experts offers compassionate and comprehensive care, creating customized treatment plans that manage your symptoms so you can return to a more active life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Oakland Park within Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or use the online booking feature today.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that’s defined by the following symptoms:

  • Widespread pain and tenderness in your muscles and soft tissues
  • Deep fatigue that doesn’t improve with sleep
  • Difficulty remembering and concentrating
  • Insomnia due to ongoing pain

The first two symptoms, widespread pain and fatigue, are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia. They’re often so severe that they stop you from going to work or completing normal daily activities.

More than half of all patients with fibromyalgia also develop migraine or tension headaches. You also have a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Though medical experts continue to research fibromyalgia to determine its cause, they agree that it’s associated with central sensitization syndrome.

This condition occurs when changes in your nerves affect how your brain processes pain. As a result, you become hypersensitive and experience a high level of pain in response to sensations that aren’t normally painful.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Dr. Amin takes an integrative approach to treating fibromyalgia, creating a multidisciplinary treatment plan that relieves your pain, supports your energy, and prevents flare-ups.

Your personalized treatment may include one or more of the following:

Identifying triggers

While it’s common to have a constant level of pain, many patients experience sudden flare-ups, when their symptoms suddenly worsen. Dr. Amin helps you identify what triggers your flare-ups so you can avoid them and prevent future flares.

Medications

Dr. Amin may prescribe one of several medications that balance brain chemicals involved in pain regulation or that block nerve activity associated with pain.

Occipital nerve stimulation

If your pain doesn’t improve with conventional treatments, you may be a good candidate for an interventional procedure called occipital nerve stimulation. This treatment uses mild electrical impulses to block pain signals, which diminishes your pain and may improve fatigue.

Alternative therapies

Dr. Amin performs some alternative therapies and helps you find a trusted provider for others. Therapies proven to alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms include: 

  • Physical therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga

Gentle exercise boosts your energy and diminishes your pain, but it’s also important to know when to rest to prevent your fibromyalgia from getting worse.

Explore your treatment options for fibromyalgia by calling American Pain Experts or booking an appointment online today.