What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that impacts more than 10 million Americans today. Fibromyalgia is typically hallmarked by musculoskeletal pain. Approximately 90% of the individuals who have this condition are women and the likelihood of having this condition increases with age.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

Experts still aren’t entirely sure of what causes fibromyalgia. This typically condition develops over time with no known cause or reason. Symptoms may also develop after surgery, injury, infection or psychological stress. There are still a lot of unknowns about Fibromyalgia, but current understanding of this disorder suggests that there are genetic links and mutations that could make someone more likely to develop this chronic condition.


Family health history is an important tool for helping to diagnose fibromyalgia.

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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is body-wide pain. Typically, this pain is described as being dull, persistent and lasting for months. Other symptoms include:


  • Pain that lasts for more than three months
  • Pain that is present on both sides of the body and both above and below the waste
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Waking up tired even after hours of sleep
  • Pain that causes sleep disturbances
  • Fibromyalgia fog, or cognitive fog that leads to issues with concentrating, focusing or memory

Treating Fibromyalgia

There is no known cure for Fibromyalgia. Remaining active, eating healthy, establishing a healthy sleep cycle and pain management are all important ways to manage fibromyalgia symptoms. However, for many, the daily chronic pain is still too much to handle.


Many Fibromyalgia patients find that this pain disrupts their overall quality of life. Following a diagnosis, our pain management doctors here at Principal Spine, can help get Fibromyalgia patients on a treatment plan that will help keep this pain at bay. Our doctors are accepting new patients and can help provide the treatment necessary to make Fibromyalgia side effects a thing of the past.

We are Accepting New Patients

Our pain management doctors are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Carrollton clinic at (972) 316-7270 or our Denton clinic at (940) 222-8943.