The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain
Fibromyalgia is a pain in the neck! There is a strong connection between fibromyalgia and neck issues. Many patients with fibromyalgia report neck pain as a primary symptom, and research has shown that up to 80% of patients with fibromyalgia experience neck pain. Neck pain in fibromyalgia patients can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Myofascial pain syndrome: This is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the muscles and soft tissues of the neck. It is common in fibromyalgia patients and can worsen other symptoms.
Whiplash: Fibromyalgia patients are more likely to develop chronic whiplash symptoms after an injury than people without fibromyalgia.
Cervical spinal stenosis: This is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal in the neck narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord. It can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the neck and arms.
Arthritis: Arthritis is a common cause of neck pain in fibromyalgia patients. It can cause inflammation and stiffness in the joints of the neck.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain
At Balcones Pain Consultants, we utilize a multimodal approach to care. There are a variety of treatment options available for patients with fibromyalgia and neck issues. Some potential treatments include:
Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve neck mobility, reduce pain and inflammation, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the neck and shoulders. This can help improve overall function and reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
Medications: Pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioid analgesics, may be prescribed to manage neck pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. Other medications, such as antidepressants or anticonvulsants, may also be used to manage pain and improve sleep.
Trigger point injections: These injections involve the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into trigger points in the neck and shoulders. This can help reduce pain and inflammation in the affected areas.
Radiofrequency ablation: This procedure involves the use of heat to destroy nerve tissue in the neck that is causing pain. It can provide long-lasting relief for some patients.
Fibromyalgia and neck issues are closely linked, and many patients with fibromyalgia experience neck pain as a primary symptom. There are a variety of treatment options available for patients with fibromyalgia and neck issues. By working with a healthcare provider, patients can improve their overall function and quality of life.
At Balcones Pain Consultants, we will create a custom treatment plan, tailored specifically for you to help ease pain associated with fibromyalgia and restore functionality. It is possible to get back to living life. Give us a call: 512-834-4141 or book online at www.balconespain.com.