Fibromyalgia Specialist

PrimeCare Medicine

Internist located in Silver Spring, MD

Nearly 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from fibromyalgia, making it one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the country. Anuradha Arun, MD, at PrimeCare Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides compassionate care to her fibromyalgia patients and helps them find relief so they can get back to doing the things they love. For management of your fibromyalgia, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex health condition that causes widespread pain that may affect your physical and mental health, and make it difficult for you to do the things you enjoy. Researchers are still uncovering the causes of the pain associated with fibromyalgia, but believe the condition causes your body to alter the pain signals to your brain and amplify pain sensations.

Fibromyalgia is common and can affect anyone at any age, but occurs in women more often than men. You may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia if you have a family history of the condition. An infection or a physical or emotional trauma may trigger your genetic predisposition.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia range from mild to severe and may come and go.

Common symptoms include:

  • Widespread pain
  • Tender points of pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Impaired ability to focus or complete daily tasks

The symptoms caused by your fibromyalgia can significantly impact your quality of life. Dr. Anuradha Arun and her team at PrimeCare Medicine work closely with you to help alleviate your symptoms so you can get back to doing the things you love.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Dr. Arun and her team at PrimeCare Medicine conduct a complete workup that includes a thorough physical exam, a detailed review of your medical history, and bloodwork to diagnose fibromyalgia. If you’ve been experiencing widespread pain that affects your entire body for more than three months without a known underlying cause, Dr. Arun can help.

What treatments are available for my fibromyalgia?

Treatment of your fibromyalgia includes medication and self-care. Dr. Arun may prescribe medication to help reduce your pain and improve your sleep, such as:

  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Anti-seizure medication

Dr. Arun assists in the initiation and titration of your medication to provide the best pain control.

For self-care, she recommends physical therapy to improve strength and stamina, as well as occupational therapy to improve your home and work environment to reduce discomfort. Counseling may also be recommended to help you manage the mental and emotional issues associated with fibromyalgia.

For health care with compassion, call PrimeCare Medicine, or book an appointment using the online booking button.