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Fibromyalgia

    • Diagnosis and treatment by pain management specialist
    • Psycho-therapy and cognito-behavioural therapy available
    • Cortisone injections can be offered to reduce hip pain, improve mobility and sleep
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Fibromyalgia often develops after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant and prolonged psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time without any obvious triggering cause.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that occurs in up to 5% of the adult population in the UK. It is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by a number of other symptoms, including fatigue, poor sleep, memory and mood issues and irritable bowel syndrome. It is thought that in fibromyalgia, the brain processes pain signals abnormally so that ‘normal’  painful sensations are amplified, making relatively minor pain sensations much more intense.

Fibromyalgia often develops after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant and prolonged psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time without any obvious triggering cause.

Fibromyalgia is encountered much more frequently in women. The condition is associated with a variety of other conditions, including tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

 

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia pain is usually described as a dull ache in the muscles of the body. The muscles feel sensitive and sufferers feel pain more easily. Patients with fibromyalgia tend to have tender points (trigger points) which are especially sensitive. These points are mainly in the shoulders, neck, upper chest, elbows, hips, and knees.

As well as pain, individuals with fibromyalgia experience tiredness, poor sleep and restless legs. This constant fatigue and sleep disturbance tends to aggravate the pain symptoms and can also affect mood. Other frequently occurring symptoms include depression, anxiety, frequent headaches, memory issues, TMJ pain and irritable bowel.

 

How is Fibromyalgia diagnosed?

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) revised its diagnostic criteria in 2010. Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that all other rheumatoid conditions have to be excluded before this diagnosis can be made.

 

What Treatments Can be offered for Fibromyalgia?

Your pain management specialist will take a full medical history and make a thorough assessment of your pain and tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs.

Treatment options will include:

  • A full explanation of fibromyalgia – from a specialist who is familiar with this condition and the impact that it has on the individual
  • Pharmacotherapy – Anti neuropathic drugs have been shown to be effective in management of pain as well as sleep in fibromyalgia. These drugs include tricyclics and the gabapentinoid antiepileptic drugs
  • Psycho-therapy / Cognito-Behavioural Therapies -  Cognito-behavioural therapy and relaxation techniques, as a part of multidisciplinary approach, can help in managing the pain, with less dependence on drugs and health care professionals.
  • Injections. These are rarely a viable long term solution for fibromyalgia but can be considered in the short-term to give ‘a window of opportunity’ to begin mobilising and improve muscle tone.

Options for injections include trigger point injections with either cortisone or botulinum toxin. Trochanteric bursa injections with cortisone are also offered to reduce hip pain and improve mobility and sleep.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02890 667878 or through our patient booking team contact form.

 

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"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
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"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
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"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
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"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
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