Researchers believe this condition amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. Symptoms of fibromyalgia may begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or psychological stress, or develop over time with no single triggering event.
Why choose Dr. Heidi Seifert?
- Dr. Seifert offers patients Fibromyalgia treatments in Houston or Bellaire, Texas.
- She specializes in diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain, utilizing the most advanced evidence-based, nonsurgical, and minimally-invasive techniques to relieve pain and improve function.
- Dr. Seifert also uses regenerative techniques to stimulate natural healing.
Am I a candidate for fibromyalgia treatment in Houston or Bellaire, Texas?
In many cases, fibromyalgia co-exists with other painful conditions, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, migraines or headaches, or irritable bowel syndrome. You may be a candidate for fibromyalgia treatment if you have:
- Widespread pain, lasting for at least three months, occurring on both sides of the body and above and below the waist. Fibromyalgia pain is often described as a constant dull ache.
- Fatigue: If you sleep for long periods and wake up feeling tired, you may need fibromyalgia treatment. Your sleep may be disrupted by pain. Many patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.
- Cognitive issues: This fibromyalgia-related condition is commonly called “fibro fog.” It impairs the ability to pay attention and focus on mental tasks.
What should I expect with treatment for fibromyalgia in Houston or Bellaire, Texas?
Epidural injections: Depending on your individual treatment plan, Dr. Seifert may perform epidural injections to diagnose and treat pain arising from the nerves in the spine. These injections can be performed with a local anesthetic to diagnose pain, or with local anesthetic and a steroid for diagnostic and potentially therapeutic purposes.
Facet joint injections and medial branch blocks: Facet joint injections and medial branch blocks may also be performed to treat cervical, thoracic, or low back pain. The facet joints are the connections between the bones in the spine. Medial nerves are connected to the facet joints. In a medial branch block, anesthetic is injected near these nerves, typically at several levels of the spine. If you experience marked pain relief after the injection, the facet joint may be determined to be a source of your pain.
Is there any recovery time after fibromyalgia treatment?
You are not likely to experience any side effects with fibromyalgia treatment. You may want to take the rest of the day off to relax and get some rest. Avoid strenuous activities on the day of the procedure. You should be able to return to work the following day after your injections. Contact the office of Dr. Heidi Seifert to recieve some of the best fibromyalgia pain management Houston has to offer.