Fibromyalgia Specialist

The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute

Rehan Ali, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Paramus, NJ

If you’re one of the 10 million people in the United States impacted by chronic fibromyalgia pain, you can find solutions at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute in Paramus, New Jersey. As a skilled pain management specialist, Rehan Ali, MD, understands how fibromyalgia can disrupt your life. Dr. Ali offers comprehensive medical care and emotional support to help you cope with your fibromyalgia and its related side effects. If you need relief of chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia, contact The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today by phone or by using the online booking feature.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that causes widespread muscle pain that can be severe enough to interfere with your quality of life. 

The root cause of fibromyalgia may relate to dysfunction in the way your brain processes pain signals. This dysfunction may intensify sensation signals the brain is sending to your muscles.

While the disorder can affect men, women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. In many cases, fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms result after you undergo a surgery or following physical trauma from a fall, auto accident, or infection. You can also develop fibromyalgia from excessive stress.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can develop soon after trauma or gradually over the years with no obvious trigger. In addition to widespread muscle pain, fibromyalgia can cause:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulties concentrating

These issues can disrupt your sleep and reduce your overall quality of life, resulting in issues with anxiety and depression.

Those with fibromyalgia may also be more likely to have other painful conditions, like migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

You should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ali when your pain and other symptoms begin interfering with your quality of life and your ability to work or stay physically active.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

While there’s no current cure for fibromyalgia, Dr. Ali works closely with you to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Initially, you may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve pain, improve the quality of your sleep, and address chronic fatigue. Dr. Ali may also recommend physical therapy to improve your muscle health and increase your energy.

To boost your overall health, Dr. Ali may recommend lifestyle changes to improve your diet and naturally reduce your levels of stress. 

He may even refer you for professional counseling to help you manage stressors in your life to reduce the severity of fibromyalgia pain. Counseling can also address the emotional and mental health side effects of fibromyalgia, like depression and anxiety.

Dr. Ali is also a registered medical marijuana physician in the state of New Jersey who can evaluate and certify you for the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to ease chronic fibromyalgia pain. 

If you need relief of chronic widespread pain, schedule a consultation at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today using the online booking system or by calling the office.